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Newly Admitted Freshman looking to major in Justice Studies

Process for Admitted-Undeclared Students to qualify for declaring Justice Studies as their major

Undeclared Freshman

Qualifying courses:  Take two of the following qualifying courses at SJSU within 60 units of arriving at SJSU.

ENGL 1B  Composition 2
JS 10 Introduction to Justice Studies
STAT 95 Elementary Statistics
D3 GE Any course from "Social Issues" (GE Area D3)

In addition, the student should successfully complete the WST

Starting at the end of the Fall, 2010 semester and at the end of every semester from then on, the number of open spaces in the Justice Studies major will be determined.  Freshman students wanting to declare Justice Studies will be ranked based on their overall SJSU GPA (which must include two of the above courses).  Starting at the top of the list, students will be approved for declaring Justice Studies until the number of open slots at the time is filled. 

Advice for Undeclared Freshman

 

Things you need to know about your situation:

  • Declaring Justice Studies as your major will be competitive.  A rule of thumb for a target GPA is 3.0.  In other words, you should strive for an overall GPA of 3.0 to have a strong chance of qualifying to declare Justice Studies as your major.
  • Don't take all these qualifying courses in one semester – spread them out over at least two semesters.
  • Take no more than one qualifying course in your first semester.  Give yourself a chance to get acclimated to college.
  • Have a back-up plan.  Look for a second field, outside of Justice Studies, that really interests you.  Think of pursuing this field as a minor.  Start taking courses in that field such that you can switch to that field as your major, in case you cannot qualify for Justice Studies.  You can still minor in Justice Studies.  Your major and minor, then, will make a good combination, with good career potential.
 

Newly Admitted Freshman looking to major in Forensic Science

Process for Admitted-Undeclared Students to qualify for declaring Forensic Science as their major.

Undeclared Freshman

Qualifying courses:  Take two of the following qualifying courses at SJSU within 60 units of arriving at SJSU.

ENGL 1B  Composition 2
JS 10 Introduction to Justice Studies
STAT 95 Elementary Statistics
GE Any GE course

In addition, the student should successfully complete the WST, and complete either BIOL 1A OR CHEM 1A

Starting at the end of the Fall, 2010 semester and at the end of every semester from then on, the number of open spaces in the Forensic Science majors will be determined.  Freshman students wanting to declare Forensic Science will be ranked based on their overall SJSU GPA (which must include two of the above courses).  Starting at the top of the list, students will be approved for declaring Forensic Science concentration in Biology or Chemistry until the number of open slots at the time is filled.  

For any questions regarding your application to the Forensic Science Programs, please contact the Dr. Steven Lee, Director of the Forensic Science Program:  sblee999@gmail.com.

Advice for Undeclared Freshman

Things you need to know about your situation:

  • Declaring Forensic Science as your major will be competitive.  A rule of thumb for a target GPA is 3.0.  In other words, you should strive for an overall GPA of 3.0 to have a strong chance of qualifying to declare Forensic Science as your major.
  • Don't take all these qualifying courses in one semester– spread them out over at least two semesters.
  • Take no more than one qualifying course in your first semester.  Give yourself a chance to get acclimated to college.
  • Have a back-up plan.  Look for a second field, outside of Forensic Science, that really interests you such as Justice Studies, Biology or Chemistry.  Start taking courses in that field such that you can switch to that field as your major, in case you cannot qualify for Forensic Science.  
 

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