UT Tyler

UT Tyler Division of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Program

The University of Texas at Tyler offers programs in both Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. These programs prepare students for a diverse range of professional careers in law enforcement, institutional corrections, forensic investigation, victim services, community supervision, and law. 


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The major objectives of the criminal justice program are to prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers involving social needs such as the criminal justice system and human services. The program provides an opportunity for persons currently serving in the criminal justice system to continue their education. This discipline also complements the education received by students in related disciplines and fosters an understanding of the role and function of the criminal justice system.

The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are as follows:

  • University Core Curriculum (42 hrs.)
  • CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 3310: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 3311: Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 3320: Criminology
  • CRIJ 4313: Corrections Theory and Practice
  • CRIJ 3326: Criminal Law
  • CRIJ 4341: Criminal Procedure
  • CRIJ 4333: Community Policing
  • CRIJ 4322: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CRIJ 4355: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • 9 hours of upper-division electives in Criminal Justice

Students must also complete a minor (18 hours) in any discipline of their choice or complete 18 hours of guided electives. Criminal Justice students often complete minors in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Geography.


Criminal Justice Minor 

Criminal justice may be chosen as a minor to satisfy bachelor degree requirements in other fields. This program consists of 18 semester hours in criminal justice.

Student must complete the following courses (18 hours):

  • CRIJ 1301
  • CRIJ 3320
  • CRIJ 3326
  • CRIJ 4341
  • 6 hours of upper-division Criminal Justice courses


Forensic Science Minor

The forensic science minor may be chosen as a minor to satisfy bachelor degree requirements in other fields. This program consists of 18 semester hours from multiple disciplines.

Students must complete the following courses (15 credit hours):

  • CRIJ 3301 Survey of Forensic Science
  • CRIJ 4344 Crime Scene Processing
  • CRIJ 4345 Courtroom Testimony
  • CHEM 1320 Forensic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1321 Forensic Chemistry II

Students must complete one course from the following list (3 credit hours):

  • CRIJ 3344 Drugs, Behavior and Criminal Justice
  • GEOG 4330 Geographic Information Systems
  • ANTH 3360 Archaeology
  • ANTH 3380 Physical Anthropology
  • CHEM 3310 Analytical Chemistry
  • BIOL 3332/3133: Genetics and Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 4331/4132: Entomology/Entomology Laboratory
  • CRIJ 4360 Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CHEM 4398 Special Topics in Chemistry


More Information

For more information about our program, please see below. 


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