Behavioral Science Major: Criminal Justice Option (A.S.)

The Associate in Science in Behavioral Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human behavior within a global world view. Foundation courses at an associate level introduce behavioral science students to the biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables of human behavior. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice. The criminal justice option introduces students to the justice system as well as the rights and behaviors of people in the system.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of a C- is required in all  Major and Option coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major/Option and General Education areas.

Major in Behavioral Science
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 525Human Development4
SOCI 410Introduction to Sociology4
Option in Criminal Justice
CRIM 410Introduction to Criminology4
CRIM 555The Criminal Justice System4
CRIM 425Juvenile Justice4
or CRIM 600 Crime Prevention and Control
Total Credits24


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, concentration or minor. Students will need 60 credits total to graduate with an associate degree.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 410 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCI 410 Introduction to Sociology 4
CRIM 410 Introduction to Criminology 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
Select one of the following: 4
Math for Our World  
General Education Course 4
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
CRIM 555 The Criminal Justice System 4
PSY 525 Human Development 4
General Education Course 4
CRIM 425
Juvenile Justice
or Crime Prevention and Control
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits60
  • Attain proficiency in the basic concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry in behavioral sciences.
  • Evaluate ethical principles of the behavioral sciences.
  • Prepare for seamless transition to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, Health & Wellness, Human Services, or Criminal Justice.