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Lake Superior State University

Criminal Justice-Criminalistics: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This emphasis is designed for students preparing for professional positions with state, federal or private crime labs.  This emphasis provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to be a field investigator/re-constructionist or a lab technician.  This emphasis incorporates courses from criminal justice and chemistry to achieve the needed education.  This emphasis allows students to obtain a chemistry minor as part of their degree.  This emphasis also includes all of the required courses to allow students to attend the LSSU Skills Completion Academy which in combination allows students to be licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).   Students who graduate from this program and successfully complete the State Licensing exam are qualified for direct placement in Michigan police agencies.  Many out of state agencies also recognize the MCOLES academy training.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements (17 credits)

Major Requirements (38 credits)

Statistics: Choose one of the following:

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Support Courses (72 credits)

  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM451 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • EMED190 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention I 4
  • EMED191 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention II 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Sciences*** 4
  • NSCI101 Conceptual Physics 3
  • POLI110 Intro. to American Government and Politics 4
  • PSYC101 Intro. to Psychology 4
  • PSYC259 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • SOCY214 Criminology 3
  • Approved Diversity Course 3

*Repeated twice
**MCOLES students must take CJUS411 Police Operations (5) instead of CJUS313 (3).
***or MATH151
Canadian students may substitute POLI160 for POLI110.
Canadian students do not take CJUS197, EMED190 or EMED191. These are replaced by advisor-approved electives. Canadian students may substitute CJUS202 and CJUS406 for CJUS319 and CJUS409.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.