Criminal Justice Program Overview
Our online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program was created for students who wish to protect and serve their community while bringing about constructive change to the criminal justice system from within. Through this comprehensive and affordable program, you’ll learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system including corrections, courts and law enforcement. Our program uses a multi-disciplinary approach, offering classes from other departments that work closely with the criminal justice profession. The program is comprised of a robust, research-based curriculum. Program courses are taught by faculty who have worked extensively in the criminal justice field.
Whether you’re a student seeking a major in an increasingly topical field or a current criminal justice professional looking for new skills and credentials to set you apart, you’ll find this program invaluable. Current criminal justice professionals will also appreciate our flexible online courses that accommodate shift work and allow you to complete coursework at your convenience. When you finish your online program, you’ll receive the same respected degree as you would through our campus-based program.
Careers for BS in Criminal Justice Graduates
A BS in criminal justice from The University of Texas Permian Basin can help prepare you to succeed in a broad range of roles, including:
- Probation Officer
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Forensic Science Technician
- Child Protective Services Investigator
- Correctional Officer
- Police Officer
- State Trooper
Students must complete 42 credits from the following areas of study to complete general education requirements. For Creative Arts - 3 sch are required, for Life/Physical Science - 8 sch are required. 3 or 4 Mathematic sch are required. If a 3 sch Mathematics course is selected, 1 sch is required as a Component area. For Social/Behavioral Science - 3 sch are required. See the catalog for the full list of options or reach out to a faculty member for questions about the courses for this program.
The Bachelor in Science in Criminal Justice online requires a minimum of 27 hours (7 courses).
18 credit hours (6 courses). Electives are to be selected from the courses listed below.
In order to prevent delays in processing applications, UT Permian Basin is temporarily modifying the freshman admission process by moving to a test-optional policy for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. See the Test-Optional Policy section below for additional details.
Transfer Student Admission Requirements
- Minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
- GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous college-level coursework
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Dual-credit high school courses must be included
- Completed application
Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements
If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
- Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
- SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
- Completed application
Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:
UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762
Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Score Requirements for Freshman Admission
|High School Graduation Class Rank||SAT||ACT|
|Top 25%||No minimum score||No minimum score|
The application fee is $40.
If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.
Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided.