Computer Science and Criminal Justice, BS

For students interested in criminal justice in an increasingly digital world, the computer science and criminal justice combined degree offers a strong programming foundation coupled with academic and experiential knowledge of the criminal justice system. You’ll learn the principles, practices, and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals alongside the computer science skills necessary for practical applications in the field.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Co-op Preparation Requirement
Complete one of the following consistent with your major:1
Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation
Co-op Integration Seminar 1
Computer Science Elective Courses
Complete four upper-division computer science courses in the following ranges:16
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Criminal Justice Courses

Criminal Justice Required Courses
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
CRIM 2200Criminology4
CRIM 3600Criminal Justice Research Methods4
CRIM 3700Criminal Justice Statistics4
Criminal Justice Required Capstone
CRIM 4949Senior Capstone Seminar4
Criminal Justice Electives
Complete one course from the following:4
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Crime, Media, and Politics
Complete one course from the following:4
Criminal Violence
Victims of Crime
Global Criminology
Psychology of Crime
Organized Crime
Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice
Corrections
Security
Policing
Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Complete one course from the following:4
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Criminal Justice Organization and Management
Complete one additional CRIM elective.4

Integrative Course Requirement

Complete one course from the following:4
Crime Prevention
Political Crime and Terrorism
Corporate and White-Collar Crime
Crime Mapping
Advanced Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Supporting Course

Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Computers and Society
Environment, Technology, and Society
The 21st-Century Workplace
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Technology and Human Values
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete seven general electives.28

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
    
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
    
  • Analyzing and Using Data
    
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Writing in the First Year
    
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
    
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
    
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone
    

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, 2 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 32004Vacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004CS 35004 
CS 12001CRIM 21004  
ENGW 11114CRIM 22004  
CRIM 11004   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1210 or CRIM 20001Co-opCo-opENGW 3302, 3308, or 33154
CS 48004  Elective4
CRIM 36004   
CRIM elective 14   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS elective 14Co-opCo-opElective4
CRIM 37004  Elective4
CRIM elective 24   
CS elective 24   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
CS elective 34CS elective 44Elective 4 
CRIM elective 34CRIM 49494Elective4 
CRIM elective 44CRIM 4040, 4630, 4640, 4800, or 49004  
Computing and social issues4Elective4  
 16 16 8 
Total Hours: 134

 Five Years, 3 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5IS 20004  
CS 12001CRIM 21004  
ENGW 11114CRIM 22004  
CRIM 11004   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1210 or CRIM 20001Co-opCo-opVacation
CS 32004   
CS 35004   
CS 48004   
CRIM 36004   
 17 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CRIM 37004Co-opCo-opENGW 3302, 3308, or 33154
CS elective 14  Elective4
CRIM elective 14   
CRIM elective 24   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS elective 24Co-opCo-opElective4
CRIM elective 34  Elective4
Elective4   
Computing and social issues4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS elective 34CS elective 44  
CRIM elective 44CRIM 49494  
CRIM 4040, 4630, 4640, 4800, or 49004Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134