Criminal Justice - Digital Defense & Security Emphasis, BA/BS


Program Description

Utah Tech’s criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of criminal law, law enforcement, and criminology, providing a firm foundation for a myriad of careers. This course of study exposes students to the interconnected nature of the criminal justice system and explores criminological explanations for crime commission. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter applied positions in the criminal justice system or pursue graduate degrees in law, criminology, sociology, forensics psychology, etc. The digital defense and security emphasis is comprised of 33 credits in addition to the established criminal justice core curriculum. This emphasis prepares students to analyze threatening and criminal behavior in digital spaces. Areas of study in this emphasis include programming, networking, and information security. Students apply their training in a culminating internship experience in the Digital Forensic Crime Lab at Utah Tech or a similar lab.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Criminal Justice Core Requirements 

CJ 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 1330Criminal Law 13
or CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation
CJ 3270Criminology3
CJ 4150Criminal Justice Reform3
or CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
or CJ 4900 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Digital Defense and Security Emphasis Requirements

CJ 1900Introduction to Computer Related Crime3
CJ 2700Introduction to Digital Forensics3
CJ 4890RCriminal Justice Internship1-3
CS 1400Fundamentals of Programming3
CS 1410Object Oriented Programming3
IT 1100Introduction to Unix/Linux3
IT 1500Cloud Fundamentals1
IT 2400Intro to Networking3
IT 2700Information Security3
IT 3100Systems Design and Administration3
IT 4100Files Systems and Storage Technologies3
or IT 3150 Windows Servers
IT 4510Ethical Hacking & Network Defense3

A course may only be used to fulfill one program requirement.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits.
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Minimum C- grade in Discipline Core Requirements
  5. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  6. Maximum 3 credits in CJ 4890R may be applied to Emphasis Requirements.