Criminal Justice BS Degree

Be Ready to Serve and Lead in a Challenging, Fast-Growing Field

criminal justice degree from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you for a dynamic career in a wide-ranging and growing field.

Criminal justice career options range from positions in local police departments to federal jobs with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs Agency, CIA, FBI and private security opportunities.

  • Recent graduates of UT Tyler’s criminal justice program ranked in the top 10% of all criminal justice graduates in a national test given to seniors.
  • Our criminal justice graduates are highly sought after for positions in federal, state and county government.

Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice: Rigorous. Focused on Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.

  • Examine the complex aspects of crime and criminal justice from the sociological, psychological, public policy, legal and practitioner perspectives.
  • Pursue a curriculum based on recommendations of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the national association that promotes criminal justice education, research and policy analysis.
  • Complete a comprehensive capstone experience in which you develop a policy proposal to improve an existing program or solve a new problem.
  • Intern in any field agency, law office or government agency to gain hands-on experience in your specific career interests.
  • Network with criminal justice professionals from the East Texas region through the Criminal Justice Student Association which hosts frequent presentations by local agencies.

Criminal Justice Faculty: Field-Experienced. Theory-Based.

Take courses from college professors experienced in a wide range of the criminal justice system from law to enforcement, including work in homicide and vice.

Be part of a criminal justice degree program that ensures that students have ready access to faculty members with one-on-one attention in class and through convenient office hours.

Study with professors who have written widely for professional journals and authored or contributed to books such as The Praeger Handbook of Victimology;Affinographs: A New Method for Assessment of Families and Couples; and The American Jury: Issues and Commentary.

Find out more about the UT Tyler criminal justice faculty

Chemistry Courses: Experimentation. Discovery.

  • Biochemistry I –

    Explore chemistry and functions of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; bioenergetics of the cell; and protein synthesis.

  • Analytical Chemistry –

    Study chemical equilibrium, pH and indicators; acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complex-formation reactions; calculations of analytical chemistry; reliability of measurements; and gravimetric and volumetric analysis.

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Examine the chemical basis of disease, medicine, drug action, drug design and drug synthesis.More about UT Tyler’s chemistry & biochemistry programs of study


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Longview University Center Now Offering Criminal Justice Courses

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The University of Texas at Tyler has begun offering bachelor of science in criminal justice courses at the Longview University Center.

For more information or for assistance enrolling in classes at the Longview University Center, contact the Department of Social Sciences at or call 903.566.7356.

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Career Outlook

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Criminal Justice Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities within the criminal justice system are expected to continue growing over the next few years. Occupations range from police officer and detective to positions with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security and beyond. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Police and Detectives.

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