Law Enforcement

 Important Notice

Effective immediately, the UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences will no longer offer the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Law Enforcement. An alternative which may meet your needs is the Bachelor of Science in Criminology offered by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Visit the web page for more information.

Bachelor of Applied Science

Our Bachelor of Applied Science in law enforcement provides a way for individuals who have associate’s degrees in this area to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Research has shown that individuals with a bachelor's degree have increased earning potential and better career opportunities. This degree is the newest of several degree completion programs offered by UWRF to meet the higher education needs of working adults throughout western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. Market analysis predicts strong job growth among all three occupational areas. 

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals with an associate's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field

  • Individuals who have made significant  progress toward completing a degree from an accredited higher-education institution and have work experience in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field


  • Previously obtained college credits may be applied toward your baccalaureate program.

  • Access to specialized labs and facilities and experienced faculty.

  • Pay same tuition rate regardless of where you live.

  • Students may be eligible for financial aid.

  • Gain skills in areas where jobs growth is projected.

  • Complete your degree in three years as a part-time student.

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Program Curriculum

The curriculum includes 29-30 credits from university general education courses and 30-31 credits from core courses in criminal justice.  Applicants who bring in fewer than 60 credits from a previous degree plan will need to take additional courses.

Transferring Credit 

Credit will be awarded for college-level course work completed at accredited institutions. While general education credits are generally accepted from two-year colleges, this new program makes it possible for students to receive university credit for technical and work specific courses as well. For more information on how your college credits will transfer to UW-River Falls, visit the Transfer Credit Policy web page or contact the Admissions Officemail staff.

Law Enforcement

(30 Credit Hours)

SOCI 200 Sociological Inquiry 3 cr.
SOCI 201 Theories of Sociology 3 cr.
SOCI 250 Introduction to Social Statistics 3 cr.
SOCI 300 Research Methods 3 cr.

SOCI 210 Social Problems
or SOCI 218 Deviant Behavior 3 cr.

SOCI 321 Power and Inequality
or SOCI 326 Sociology of Gender Roles
or SOCI 328 Perspectives on Race Relations 3 cr.

SOCI 241 Social Psychology
or SOCI 341 Sociology of Later Life
or SOCI 342 Sociology of Family 3 cr.

SOCI 411 Seminar in Culture and Community
or SOCI 421 Diversity Seminar
or SOCI 431 Seminar in Globalization
or SOCI 441 Seminar in Life Course 3 cr.

CJ 322 Criminology 3 cr.

CJ 310 Gangs in the United States
or CJ 360 White Collar Crime
or CJ 389 Race and Crime 3 cr.

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Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

All students will pay $300 per credit plus campus fees for classes, regardless of where they live. Students who meet the course load minimums for full-time or part-time status may also be eligible for financial aid. Learn more from the UWRF Financial Assistance Office.

Admissions Process and Requirements

To begin their program, students must apply for study at UWRF as an undergraduate transfer student. Apply onlinelink.

  • Associate degrees of Applied Science, Science or Arts in a study area related to criminal justice or law enforcement or evidence of significant progress made toward an associate's or bachelor's degree in this area

  • Minimum combined grade point average of 2.25 for college credits taken 

  • Completed online application for undergraduate study and paid application fee prior to the fall or spring term 

  • Transcripts sent directly from previous institutions to the UWRF Admissions Office

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For More Information

Pamela Bowen