Focus Area: Criminal Justice

This focus area is intended for students who plan to major in Criminal Justice at a 4 year college or university, after completion of their associate's degree at St. Louis Community College.  Your official degree that you will be pursuing at St. Louis Community College within this focus area is the Associate in Arts - General Transfer Studies.

Focus Area: Criminal Justice Full-Time Academic Plan

This academic plan is a recommended sequence for this pathway. It serves asgeneral guideline to help you build a course schedule each term that supports your timely completion. The College has made every effort to ensure its accuracy. However, the map is not a substitute for academic advisement—contact your advisor if you have any questions about your degree requirements.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2024, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079This fulfills part of the written communications requirement.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
or Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)
or Small Group Communication (MOTR COMM 125)
or Argumentation and Debate (MOTR COMM 220)
3Concurrent enrollment in ENG 070 or Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the oral communications requirement.
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective3 Must be from 2 separate disciplines.
SOC 203 Introduction to Criminology (MOTR CRIM 205)3Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the social and behavioral science requirement.
MTH 160
or 161
or MTH 180 (or higher)
Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
or Quantitative Reasoning (MOTR MATH 120)
or
3MTH 140 (or MTH 140S) with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills the mathematics requirement.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the written communications requirement.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
or Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)
3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079This fulfills part of the social and behavioral science requirement.
CRJ 122 Introduction to Criminal Justice3Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective3 Must be from 2 different disciplines
Natural Science Elective3 Science must be from two different disciplines. One course must be a lab.
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
MCE 100 Missouri Civics Examination0
HST 101 United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
or United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)
or African American History through Reconstruction (MOTR HIST 101AA)
or African American History from Reconstruction to the Present (MOTR HIST 102AA)
or Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)
3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079This fulfills the civics requirement.
Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Natural Science Elective with Lab4-5 Science must be from different disciplines. One course must be a lab. See suggestions listed below.
PHL 103 World Religions (MOTR RELG 100)
or World Literature (MOTR LITR 200)
3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079This fulfills part of the humanities requirement and the cultural diversity requirement at UMSL.
CRJ 101 American Correctional System3Prior or concurrent enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
CRJ 124 Criminal Law and Procedures3Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
Credit Hours13-14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 116 Computer Literacy3Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
PSY 208 Abnormal Psychology3PSY 200 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
SOC 211 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence3Reading ProficiencyThis fulfills part of the elective requirement.
CORE 42 Elective5 See options listed below.
Credit Hours14
Total Credit Hours60-61

Natural Science Electives

Natural Science Lab
MOTR BIOL Discipline
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
BIO 140Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
MOTR CHEM Discipline
CHM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)5
CHM 105General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5
CHM 109Chemistry and the Environment (MOTR CHEM 100L)4
MOTR GEOL Discipline
GEO 111Physical Geology (MOTR GEOL 100L)5
Natural Science Non-Lab
MOTR ASTR Discipline
PSI 111Introduction to Astronomy I (MOTR ASTR 100)3
MOTR BIOL Discipline
BIO 113Modern Aspects of Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
BIO 117Conservation and Ecology (MOTR BIOL 100EC)3
MOTR CHEM Discipline
CHM 123Fundamentals of Forensic Chemistry (MOTR CHEM 100)3
MOTR GEOL Discipline
GEO 103Environmental Geology (MOTR GEOL 100)3
MOTR LIFS Discipline
BIO 109Human Biology (MOTR LIFS 100)3
BIO 151Biology of Human Health and Disease (MOTR LIFS 100D)3

Recommended CORE 42 Electives

ENG 103Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)3
ECO 140Introduction to Economics (MOTR ECON 100)3
ECO 151Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)3
ECO 152Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
SOC 202Social Problems (MOTR SOCI 201)3
SOC 204Introduction to Family Studies (MOTR SOCI 204)3
SOC 212Race and Ethnicity (MOTR SOCI 202)3
SOC 216Introduction to Gender Studies (MOTR SOCI 203)3

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.