Bakersfield College

Criminal Justice

Associate in Arts

This program includes classes that will guide students toward careers in law enforcement and policing, the courts and the law, and state, local, and private corrections.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Criminal Justice Associate in Arts degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 24 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • identify, analyze, and apply the fundamental theories and concepts underlying the American criminal justice system
  • identify and describe the operational elements of the major components comprising the American justice system
  • identify, analyze, and apply basic legal principles and rules to factual situations

Total Units: 24


Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
CRIM B1 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
CRIM B2 Criminal Law 3.0
CRIM B3 Introduction to Evidence 3.0
CRIM B4 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3.0
CRIM B12 Forensic and Scientific Aspects of Evidence 3.0
CRIM B55 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0

Electives — at least 6 units

Course Number Title Units
CRIM B5 Community Relations 3.0
CRIM B8 Criminal Investigation 3.0
CRIM B9 The Juvenile Justice System 3.0
CRIM B10 Organized Crime 3.0
CRIM B24 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections 3.0
CRIM B50 Criminal Justice Report Writng 3.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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