Bakersfield College

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Associate of Arts Degree

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.

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.

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.

Total Units: 24

Required Courses

Course # Name 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 B7 Criminal Profiling of Violent Offenders 3.0

Electives - Select 6 units from the following:

Course # Name 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 Writing 3.0