Criminal Justice (BS) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice


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General Education Requirements

Students pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Education requirements before starting their major requirements. Students must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. Some majors may require a 2.5 grade-point average (please refer to the degree for more details). All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists. Prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be transferred to meet the General Education requirements.

English Communications

6 Credits

COMM 105

Public Communication

3 Credits

Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENGL 105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Arts and Humanities

6 Credits

ARTS 110

Introduction to Art

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENGL 115

Introduction to Literature

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature — fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema — while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105.


PHIL 205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credits

An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce students to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, students will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, students will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.


PHIL 210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Credits

PSYC 105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.


ECON 203

Principles of Microeconomics

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Students study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy. Prerequisite: MATH 125 or STAT 280.

Social Sciences

3 Credits

HIST 202

World Civilizations

3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.


HIST 204

U.S. History from 1865

3 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the major developments of U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era through recent times. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Students develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course.


HIST 420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Credits

Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.

Physical and Biological Sciences
(Requirement waived for B.S. in Health Sciences, increases general electives.)

4 Credits

BIOL 230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Credits

The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.


BIOL 240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Credits

Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.


CHEM 115

Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab

4 Credits

This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.


NSCI 150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Credits

The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Credits

BIBL 100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Credits

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL 230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Credits

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

ISTU 101

Success in the University*

3 Credits

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.
*Must be taken at LAPU

Total Credits

31 Credits

Criminal Justice Program Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, students must complete the following degree components:

General Education Requirements

31 Credits

View the General Education tab above for more details on the
General Education course requirements.

31 Credits

Program Requisites

12 Credits

CRJU 105

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction and overview of the system of criminal justice operating in the United States today. Emphasis will be placed on the definition and enforcement of the law, policing strategies, judicial systems, sentencing strategies, and correctional practices. Additionally, career opportunities and orientation will also be covered.

CRJU 280

Crime and Criminology

3 Credits

This is an introductory course in the study of crime and criminal behavior Crime typology, concepts of crime, law, and criminology. Theories of crime causation are also examined.

CRJU 290

The Police Function

3 Credits

This course explores the profession of a police officer. It includes the organization of law enforcement systems, the police role, police discretion, and police-community interaction. This course also considers crime prevention and control, and major problems and needs of law enforcement.

STAT 280

Applied Statistics

3 Credits

This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development.

Major Requirements

45 Credits

CRJU 300

Criminal Justice Research Methodology

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the basic techniques and procedures used in the process of criminal justice research. Topics include basic methods of research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting of results within the field of Criminal Justice.

CRJU 320

Criminal Law, Substantive

3 Credits

This course addresses basic elements and concepts of substantive criminal law, including defining crimes and developing criminal laws; considering legal issues affecting punishment, and how criminal law impacts victims of crime.

CRJU 330

Crime and Delinquency

3 Credits

This course considers the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency and the forces that impact delinquency. Lastly, this course takes a critical view of juvenile justice and explores how lawmaking, law enforcement, and the social change influences delinquency.

CRJU 340

Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

3 Credits

This course examines current issues that impact the criminal justice system. Topics for discussion will include human trafficking, issues in diversity, public policy implications, comparative criminal justice, and international law, media and crime, and computer crime. The course also explores practical implications for theoretical models/issues.

CRJU 350

Criminal Justice Ethics

3 Credits

This course prepares students to identify and examine ethical issues in the criminal justice system from a biblical perspective. The course addresses some of the broader policy and legal issues confronting the American criminal justice system, including crime control versus due process considerations, the law enforcement subculture, law enforcement corruption, and ethical leadership issues.

CRJU 370

The Adjudication Function

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the law and American court systems. Topics include the adjudication of conflict, the structure and functions of trial and appellate courts, civil and criminal procedure, judicial remedies, judicial decision making, and the limits of judicial relief. The course also considers the roles of participants in the legal system, including judges, attorneys, and citizens.

CRJU 380

Professional Writing

3 Credits

This course provides students opportunities to practice the skills necessary for effective written communication in the field of criminal justice. Examples of writing include crime reports, electronic communications, business memoranda and proposals, staff reports, and public relations communications.

CRJU 390

Criminal Investigation

3 Credits

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of criminal investigation. Topics cover the general and specific aspects of crime detection and investigation, including managing criminal investigations and collecting and reporting information from the crime scene, victims, witnesses, and suspects. Rules of evidence, trial testimony, and other processes are also addressed.

CRJU 410


3 Credits

This course introduces students to the history and background of American corrections and the fundamental theories of punishment and treatment. Correctional law, policies, practices, issues, and controversies within the correctional system will be considered. The incarceration of various populations in jails and prisons, probation and parole, capital punishment, and public policy issues surrounding the expansion of community-based corrections will also be discussed.

CRJU 420

Terrorism and Homeland Security

3 Credits

This survey course provides a comprehensive look at terrorism and homeland security. It explores the relationship between terrorism and homeland security, the origins and criminology of modern-day domestic and international terrorism, and the impact of terrorism on national security policy. Cyber terrorism, terrorism and the media, civil liberties and the bureaucracy of federal, state and local governments are also considered.

CRJU 430

Principles of Public Administration

3 Credits

This course is a survey of the major concepts and ideas shaping the field of public administration today, emphasizing public management, bureaucratic processes and politics, budgetary activities, legal dynamics, and administrative responsibility, with an emphasis on the field of criminal justice.

CRJU 440

Constitutional Law

3 Credits

This course covers basic principles of American constitutional law, with a focus on governmental powers and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution as it pertains to the criminal justice system addressing search and seizure, obtaining information legally, due process and punishment.

CRJU 450


3 Credits

This course serves as an overview of the principles, procedures, and concepts of forensic and investigative sciences. Students will receive instruction in the definitions, scope, and use of tools, techniques, and protocols in forensic applications used to resolve social, regulatory, and legal disputes. Topics discussed include analyses of physical evidence, principles of serology and DNA analysis, identification of human remains, ballistics, fingerprint analysis, facial reconstruction, drug analysis, and forensic entomology.

CRJU 460

Risk Analysis and Security

3 Credits

This course considers concepts and methodology that information officers in public and private enterprises can use to analyze and mitigate the impact of security threats to their organizations. This course also identifies and assesses critical vulnerabilities, compares quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, and utilizes risk assessment tools in the decision-making process.

CRJU 490

Criminal Justice Capstone/Senior Project

3 Credits

The capstone course for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice gives students the opportunity to demonstrate professional competence required in the field, effective written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills in the context of a biblical worldview by applying the knowledge they have acquired throughout the program to a case study. Criminology, criminal law, corrections, ethics in criminal justice, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and homeland security will be integrated into the course.


32 Credits

Students may choose from any 100-400 level course in the LAPU catalog.
Students may also choose a 15-unit Concentration as part of their Electives.
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32 Credits

Total Credits

120 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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