The Criminal Justice Program welcomes transfer students from both 2-year and 4-year institutions. In all cases, the faculty will work to make the transition to BGSU as easy as possible.
The key issue in transferring to BGSU is how prior course work will count toward the Criminal Justice degree requirements at BGSU. For many 2-year programs in the state of Ohio, we have already developed lists of course equivalencies. In those cases where this has not already been done, we will make a determination of equivalencies based on the level of the prior courses, the course descriptions, and course syllabi. Transfer students should try to collect this information and make an appointment to meet with a Criminal Justice faculty member to go over the materials. Our goal is to help transfer students complete their bachelor's degrees in the shortest possible time.
Given the nature of our program, there are certain courses that will not be accepted as a credit to fulfill criminal justice requirements. These courses are typically more training in orientation and include such topics as defensive driving, patrol operations, ballistics, firearms, and courses on specific criminal codes. These courses may count toward the minimum credit hours needed for graduation, but not for criminal justice requirements.
Students must also be aware that only those courses in which they achieved a grade of “C” or better will be counted toward meeting the Program requirements. Any courses for which a student received a “D” or below will have to be repeated.