Whether you’re seeking to enter the criminal justice field or advance in your current law enforcement or security career, you’ll become an invaluable member of your community in law enforcement, courts, corrections, and prosecution and defense.

Through the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you’ll build knowledge from courses such as Criminal Law, Foundations of Policing, and Criminology as you earn your degree at your pace.

“I chose UW-Platteville because a lot of my co-workers are traditional grads from UW-Platteville and always spoke highly of the program. And when I saw the range of experience of the professors, it just floored me. You don’t find that in a lot of places.”
Joe Roy, B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice

Credits may be accepted from all properly accredited four-year and two-year institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education. Generally, a maximum of 72 credits will be accepted from two-year institutions. Transfer coursework from the Wisconsin Technical College System is limited to previously established articulation agreements. Credits not accepted for transfer include vocational or unapproved technical, remedial or doctrinal.

If you are transferring from a UW System institution with an Associate of Arts or Science, you will meet all of the university general education requirements. Review the other institutions that have transfer agreements that will meet general education requirements with UW-Platteville or plan which courses you can transfer with our transfer guides.

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is earned with 120 undergraduate credits.

Criminal Justice Courses

  • Criminal Justice Seminar
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Foundations of Corrections
  • Foundations of Policing
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Tailor your education to best suit your career goals with a wide variety of elective courses.

  • Community-Based Corrections
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Procedures and Evidence
  • Current Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Directed Individual Studies
  • Internship in Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police Administration
  • Police-Community Relations
  • Private Security Operations

In addition to your core criminal justice courses, you'll complete general education requirements in English, math, speech, and liberal arts.

To be considered for admission, you'll need:

  • High school diploma or have earned HSED/GED
  • Meet college prep course requirements
  • If under age 22, top 50 percent of graduating class, ACT composite of 22, or SAT score of 1110

Home-schooled, transfer, and international students are encouraged to apply. For complete information, view the full admission requirements.

You may be eligible to receive one of the following scholarships.