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Degree Title

Bachelor of Science

Fall 2024 Start Date:

August 26, 2024

Spring 2025 Start Date:

January 6, 2025


Crime science is an evolving field that takes the fluid nature of our country’s demographics and advances in technology into account. Recent technological developments in law enforcement have had far-reaching effects on police agencies. Information technology, DNA testing, and body-worn cameras, for instance, are now common and have become critical tools in law enforcement. Contemporary concerns over homeland security and counter terrorism have also created new technological problems and demands for police agencies, as has the growth of computer-related crime.

FIU's online BS in Crime Science combines forensics and computer science with traditional criminology and criminal justice. The program produces graduates with sophisticated analytical skills needed for the new era of law enforcement within the U.S. and abroad.

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FIU provides comprehensive student support to ensure that your online learning experience is the best it can be. You’ll learn from world-renowned faculty and engage with other students through collaborative and interactive technology. You’ll even have your own success coach to provide guidance every step of the way.

  • Why Apply?

    The BS in Crime Science is intended for students who appreciate the modern complexities of crime, its prevention and control. Employment opportunities include positions in crime analysis and intelligence, as well as investigator positions in public and private agencies.

    Become part of the solution in your community with a BS in Crime Science. Our nation needs top-trained professionals who have analytical minds that can digest all of the modern complexities of true crime within our cities. If you like to solve puzzles, can think outside of the box and have an innate drive to understand the truth, then the BS in Crime Science will be a good fit. The program will allow you to fulfill your need to protect, prevent and control crime and offers thorough instruction on sound investigation techniques. Unique coursework on forensics will take current innovations into consideration for practical answers that will explain one basic question: “What happened?”

    According to the International Association of Crime Analysts, the demand for qualified crime analysts has increased more than tenfold in the past 15 years. Crime analysts earned a median salary of $77,210 in 2015 with 28,300 job openings anticipated through 2024.

  • Courses

    A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Crime Science. Students must complete all University Core Curriculum, University, and School of International and Public Affairs requirements. 

    In addition to the above requirements, all students must complete the following courses (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in core courses for the BS in Crime Science:

    Prerequisite Courses

    • STA 2023 Statistics for Business and Economics (pre-requisite: high school algebra) OR

    • STA 2122 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences I (pre-requisite: high school algebra) OR

    • STA 3111 Statistics I (pre-requisite: high school algebra)

    • BSC 2010 General Biology I (pre- or co-requisite: BSC 2010L)

    • BSC 2010L General Biology I Lab

    • CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (pre-requisites: MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 1140, or MAC 1147; or CHM 1025; or adequate placement test score)

    • CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab

    Additional Major Requirements

    Crime science majors must complete 43 credit hours or core courses and 17 credit hours of general electives. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses required for the major and satisfy the Green School Language Requirement.

    Core Courses (43 Credits)

    • CCJ 4014 Criminological Theory

    • CCJ 4700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

    • CCJ 4701 Measurement and Analysis in Criminal Justice (pre- or co-requisite CCJ 4700)

    • CCJ 4072 GIS and Crime Mapping

    • CJE 3444 Crime Prevention

    • CJE 3610 Criminal Investigation

    • CJL 4133 Criminal Evidence

    • CHS 3501 Survey of Forensic Science

    • CHS 3501L Survey of Forensic Science Laboratory

    • CCJ 4225 The Courts and Forensic Science

    • DSC 4012 Terrorism and Homeland Security (GL)

    • CJE 4694 Cyber Crime

    • CTS 1120 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

    • EEL 4806 Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures

    • CCJ 4497 Crime Control and Public Policy (pre-requisites 90 credits, criminal justice major, CCJ 4014, CCJ 4700; pre- or co-requisite CCJ 4701)

    GL = Global Learning Course

    General Electives (17 Credits).

    Students must complete 5 credit hours of 3000 or 4000 level courses and 9 credit hours outside the Criminal Justice Department. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship to gain practical experience in the field (CCJ 4940). For information on internships, see http:/

    Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP)

    LEAP combines classroom instruction with specialized police training and workplace experience to produce successful law enforcement professionals and future leaders in the field. LEAP provides students with college credits towards the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) or Crime Science (BSCS). For additional information, see

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

       Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee
    • Updated official transcripts

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Program Admission Requirements

    • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

    • Program Completion Requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the   University Core Curriculum,   University requirements  and School of International and Public Affairs requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Crime Science major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The School of International and Public Affairs advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the   application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams.   All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    P.O. Box 659003

    Miami, FL 33265-9003


    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

    • Faster (All FL public institutions)

    • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)

    • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Tuition

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice employs full-time and affiliated faculty. Our faculty hold terminal degrees in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, law, and related fields. Full time faculty have extensive publication records are are experts in various areas within criminology and criminal justice. Our affiliated faculty are criminal justice practitioners employed in leadership positions throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. They bring their practical experience to the classroom, which provides our student with a more balanced perspective of the criminal justice system. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice also employs undergraduate and graduate advisors to assist students with their academic planning. We also have three full time staff to assist faculty, advisors, and students and a number of work study students, teaching and research assistants.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.



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