Prepare for an exciting career in law enforcement, corrections, private/retail security, and more! Whether you choose to pursue a general degree or to specialize in computer forensics, this program provides the foundation for entry level and to move forward with your career.
Whatcom’s criminal justice program offers both a degree and a certificate option. The degree contains a choice of two specialty requirements for more focused study:
- General – concentrates on knowledge important in the field of criminal justice.
- Computer Forensics – introduces students to a specialized field of law enforcement.
Students must complete all core requirements, one specialty requirement, and all related instruction/general education courses for a total of at least 90 degree credits.
The certificate is designed for students who either have a previous degree or who wish to start more quickly in an entry-level job.
How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
Information about how Whatcom credits will transfer to a four-year college or university can often be found on the respective college's website. Please view the Degree & Major Information page for a list of popular Washington State colleges and universities.
What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?Unfortunately, there is no magic number, but a good GPA does impact your ability to be admitted to certain universities and certain programs. Check with the university and the department to find out minimum requirements and GPA averages for students who are admitted. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from Whatcom.
What is S/U grading?S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) is usually requested by students when a letter grade may negatively impact their GPA or when they are taking a class because of interest and do not want a letter grade. Any regular letter grade course can be changed to S/U grading at the registration window through the 8th week of the quarter. Students should think carefully before making this choice. Many universities will not accept S/U grades for courses which are used to meet general university requirements if transferred outside of the AAS degree. Also, many departments do not accept S/U grading to meet departmental course prerequisites. Before signing up for S/U grading, check the transfer policies and departmental policies at the university or college you plan to attend.