The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Studies is a contemporary multidisciplinary curriculum that blends the social, behavioral, and physical sciences with the United States' system of jurisprudence. The curriculum also examines the role of these disciplines in the analysis of natural and man made disasters, and homeland security. It provides students with the skills requisite to the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. It also provides students with knowledge pertaining to forensic applications in civil cases, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. This curriculum integrates the multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives with research in the examination, identification, and application of alternative solutions to social problems. This program builds upon a solid liberal arts core to achieve a balanced justice perspective, which includes an emphasis upon the victim, the offender, the system of jurisprudence, and society.
Program Admission Requirements
- Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
- Satisfy common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
- Satisfy general education program requirements.
- FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
- Communication (6 hrs)
- Select ENC 1101 (3)
- Select ENC 1102 (3)
- Mathematics (6 hrs)
- Select STA 2023 (3)
- Select MAC 1105 (3)
- Humanities (9 hrs)
- Select HUM 2510 (3)
- Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Select BSC 1010C (4)
- Select CHM 1045C (4)
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
- Common Prerequisites (variable)*
- BSC 1010C General Biology w/Lab I (4)
- CHM 1045C General Chemistry w/Lab I (4)
- STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
- Required Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
- ANT 3520 Forensic Anthropology (3)
- CCJ 1080 Intro to Forensic Studies (3)
- CCJ 3024* CJ Systems and Processes (3)
- CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
- CCJ 3603 Forensic Behavioral Analysis (3)
- CCJ 3670 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
- CCJ 3700 Meth Criminal Justice Research (3)
- CCJ 3701 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3)
- CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (3)
- CCJ 4674 Advanced Forensic Behavioral Analysis (3)
- CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar (3)
- CCJ 4940 Internship (3)
- CJE 4612 Interview and Interrogation (3)
- CJL 4064 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
- DSC 2006 Homeland Security (3)
*An approved CCJ 3000-4999 level course can be substituted for CCJ 3024 if the student has completed CCJ 1020 or an equivalent course. Contact the college academic advisor for information.
- Restricted Electives (12 hrs)
- CCJ 3653 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime (3)
- CCJ 3666 Victimology (3)
- CCJ 4035 Media and Crime (3)
- CCJ 4454 Issues in CJ Administration (3)
- CCJ 4601 Human Behavior (3)
- CCJ 4630 Comparative Justice (3)
- CCJ 4662 Minorities and Crime (3)
- CCJ 4663 Female Crime (3)
- CCJ 4681 Domestic Violence (3)
- CCJ 4910 Independent Research (3)
- CCJ 4933 Special Topics in CJ (3)
- CCJ 4940 Internship (1-3)
- CCJ 4957 CJ Study Tour Abroad (3)
- CJC 3410 Methods of Offender Treatment (3)
- CJC 4010 American Corrections (3)
- CJC 4015 Issues in Corrections (3)
- CJC 4166 Alternatives to Incarceration (3)
- CJE 3365 Crisis Intervention (3)
- CJE 4014 Issues in Law Enforcement (3)
- CJE 4114 Law Enforcement (3)
- CJE 4444 Crime Prevention (3)
- CJJ 3010 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
- CJJ 4015 Juvenile Justice System (3)
- CJJ 4018 Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
- CJL 4048 Issues in International Justice (3)
- CJL 4074 Legal Issues in Corrections (3)
- CJL 4110 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
- CJL 4415 Law and Social Control (3)
- PLA 4570 Globalization and the Rule of Law (3)
- University Requirements (3 hrs)
- IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives (variable)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
- At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
- Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites:
- BSC 1010C: may substitute BSC X010C (4) or BSC X010/X010L (4)
- CHM 1045C: may substitute CHM X025C (4) or CHM X025/X25L (4) or CHM X045C (4) or CHM X045/X045L (4)
- STA 2023: may substitute STA X023 (3) or STA X037 (3)
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
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