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    Nov 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Forensic Studies and Justice B.S.


The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Studies and Justice provides pre-law and law enforcement-minded students with a critical analytical education to help improve the use of evidence in investigations, especially in the criminal justice system. The major teaches about forensic applications in criminal justice, cognitive biases, structured analytical techniques, and case study analysis within a systems thinking paradigm to provide a solid background to reduce errors in and improve investigations. The objective of the undergraduate major in Forensic Studies and Justice is to develop a sound educational basis either for law school, graduate work, or professional training in one or more of the technical areas comprising the modern criminal justice system, like investigators, analysts, agents, or technicians at the local, state, and federal levels. By tailoring electives, students can create areas of professional emphasis like white collar crime, human trafficking, victims’ advocates, environmental crimes, and others.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Graduation Requirements


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • General Education Program (36 credit hours), including State Core General Education, State Computation and State Communication; 
  • Minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours;
  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework;
  • Major and college requirements in a chosen degree program;
  • Nine credit hours of coursework taken during the summer term(s) (if entered USF with less than 60 credit hours); 
  • Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) credit hours;
  • 42 credit hours of upper-level coursework;
  • Civics Literacy;
  • Foreign language admissions coursework.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students should be aware that by university regulation they are obligated to establish academic residency by completing the equivalent of one academic year (30 semester hours) in “on-campus” courses. All undergraduate transfer students electing Forensic Studies as their major will be required, moreover, to take a minimum of 30 credit hours in major coursework at the University of South Florida. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Major Requirements (24 Credit Hours)


Required Supporting Courses (1 course, 3 credit hours)


GPA Requirements


2.00 or higher Major GPA.

“D” Rule


Forensic Studies and Justice majors are limited to one grade of “D+” or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of “D+” or lower in more than one USF major course will either need to utilize grade forgiveness in order to comply with the rule or seek major reselection. Future registration in the major courses will be restricted for students who are not in compliance with the “D” rule. If a student has exhausted all available grade forgiveness opportunities and remains in non-compliance with the “D” rule, the student will be required to seek major reselection.

Grading Requirements


In order to graduate, students must maintain an average best attempt 2.5 GPA in all courses counted toward the major.

Other Requirements


No more than six (6) hours of CCJ 4900 , CCJ 4910  or any combination of the two will be accepted toward the minimum number of hours in the major.

Residency Requirements


These residence requirements are designed to ensure that transfer students who subsequently receive their baccalaureate degree from the University of South Florida with a major in Forensic Studies will have been exposed to the same body of knowledge in their major as those students who complete all or a major portion of their coursework at the University of South Florida.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information


Contact the undergraduate advisor - David DeColfmacker at decolfmacker@sar.usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Forensic Studies and Justice B.S.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Paralegal
  • Facility Security Officer
  • Human Resources Manager

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $46,000 - $ 87,000

 

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Forensic Studies and Justice B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12