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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Bachelor's of Science in Criminology Off-Campus Degree Completion Program

About the Program

This off-campus degree completion program is offered exclusively to current and former employees and their spouses from any local, state or federal government entity. Eligible students may join the program at any point. Students complete two classes at a time, and classes are held on accelerated, two-month cycles during the fall and spring semesters. Students taking both courses during each two-month cycle can complete their upper division criminology degree requirements in the Law Enforcement option within two years. 

Most classes are held online. Students are encouraged to attend optional in-person class meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on some Saturdays each semester in the conference room of the Criminology Office. These meetings allow students to meet and interact with their faculty and peers.

Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. The law enforcement option is designed for students in careers with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, or law enforcement careers within the private sector. Students enrolling in this degree program can anticipate promotions within their agencies and earn increased qualifications for various positions within criminal justice agencies.

Criminology faculty members are experts in their field. The off-campus program provides the same courses required for the B.S. in criminology on campus. The majority of the courses are taught by tenured or tenure track, full-time faculty from the Fresno State campus.

To be eligible for admission, students must meet these requirements:

  • two years (60 units) of transferable units from an accredited university or college, including the completion of the lower division General Education requirements needed for admission as transfer students 
  • prerequisite courses for the criminology major (these may be completed at a community college while enrolled in this program)

Fees and Financial Aid

Fees for the off-campus degree completion program are paid on a per-unit basis. The current fee is $305 per unit, or $915 for a 3-unit class. Financial aid is available for eligible students. 

Learn More

Visit the Criminology Department's website for more information about this program, or contact Dr. Harald Otto Schweizer at 559.278.8880 or