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Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice (3 + 1)

The BSAS in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for those students who have completed an associate degree in criminal justice or have a significant amount of criminal justice coursework. The BSAS program aims to provide advanced educational opportunities beyond the technical scope of the student’s associate degree. The program provides students with additional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to enhance their career mobility in criminal justice. In addition, the degree program allows students to pursue further education at the graduate level. The program is based on a two-plus-two concept where the associate degree courses provide the technical education for the first two years of the baccalaureate degree program. The plus-two component consists of additional criminal justice core courses, a selection of multi-disciplinary courses, and general University requirements. The general education courses can all be LCCC courses.

All criminal justice department full-time faculty possess terminal degrees in their respective areas of expertise. Faculty interests include criminology, juvenile delinquency, juvenile violence, police management, correctional counseling, judicial processes, legal research, criminal law and procedure, crime prevention, victimology, research methods and statistics, and computer applications in criminal justice. The faculty strives to keep abreast of developments in their specialty areas through continuous study and research as well as through consulting and other interactions with public agencies, private sector entities, and the community.

Youngstown State University Website – Criminal Justice



Parallel LCCC Programs


AAS in Justice Systems, Corrections and AA to Bachelor of Science in Applied Science – Criminal Justice Curriculum Pathway

AAS in Justice Systems, Police Science and AA to Bachelor of Science in Applied Science – Criminal Justice Curriculum Pathway


Admission Requirements

  1. The admission application can be submitted as early as a student starts their last term/semester at Lorain.  For example, if you plan to apply to start at YSU for the fall semester, please apply no earlier than the beginning of the spring semester before that fall start.
  2. Credit from any regionally accredited college or university will be accepted and applied to either general education, major coursework, or elective credits.
  3. Credits from a non-regionally accredited institution may be accepted case-by-case and must be reviewed through the same process as those from a regionally accredited institution.  All credits considered must be a minimum of 1 credit and cannot be developmental.  Additional information can be found online here.
  4. Be in good standing at the previously attended school with a minimum 2.0 GPA.  A student who has been recently dismissed, suspended, or expelled must sit out one semester before being considered at YSU, excluding summers.
  5. Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average from all colleges and universities.  Any student below a overall GPA of 2.0 may be considered for conditional admission, but that is determined on a case-by-case basis, and a personal statement may be required to be submitted.
  6. A high school diploma would be required unless the associate degree is earned before a student starts at YSU.


Application Procedures

  1. Review the application deadlines.
  2. Complete an online application.
    • .Note:  When selecting your degree, make sure the campus linked to the degree is LCCC/or Lorain.
  3. Submit the $45 nonrefundable application fee.  If you are Pell eligible and need assistance with the application fee, apply for the NACAC Transfer Application Fee Waiver. The downloadable form is within the link.
  4. Request all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts directly to YSU.
  5. Once your materials are in, check your email for an admission decision.
  6. Schedule an advising appointment with your assigned YSU advisor to get registered for classes. 
  7. Admitted transfer students are “highly encouraged” to complete the Transfer Student Orientation.  Students can sign up for the online Transfer Student Orientation by logging into the Penguin Portal.  Once a student logs into the Penguin Portal, they will see the Orientation heading that they can click to either sign up for the “in person” or the completely online version.

Submit all college-level transcripts to:
Youngstown State University
Attn:  Office of Admissions
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

For More Information

Prospective Students
Health and Human Services
(330) 941-1820

If you would like an unofficial evaluation of transfer credit, email your unofficial transcripts from all institutions to HHS Distance.  Learn how to obtain your unofficial transcript using MyCampus. If you would like for the UP office to pull your unofficial LCCC transcript for you, complete and return the FERPA release form.

Current Students
Dr. Monica Merrill, faculty advisor
(330) 941-7223

See the Youngstown State University Academic Calendar for important academic dates and deadlines.  


How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?  

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
    • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
    • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).


Tuition and Fee Schedule

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Please contact the Youngstown State University Bursar’s Office at (330) 941-3313 or refer to the YSU’s Financial Aid Estimator and Net Price Calculator.