Criminal Justice Transfer Track
  • Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS)

“The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” George Washington

A career in criminal justice offers diverse opportunities to utilize your skills and strengths for the greater good. Whether advocating for victims of crime, keeping schools safe from violence or overseeing the progress of a parolee or probationer, criminal justice professionals are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities.


  • FVCC Criminal Justice Transfer Track students have the opportunity to take advantage of a transfer articulation agreement in place with
  • Montana State University-Northern (MSU-N). Students who satisfactorily complete the transfer articulation curriculum are eligible to transfer as juniors to the Criminal Justice program at MSU-N. In addition, students have the option to finish their bachelor’s degree online.
    The annual mean wage for a police or sheriff’s patrol officer working in Montana is $52,280, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • The annual mean wage for a detective or criminal investigator working in Montana is $77,560, according to the BLS.
  • The annual mean wage for a security guard working in Montana is $27,150, according to the BLS.
  • The annual mean wage for a correctional officer or jailer working in Montana is $37,810, according to the BLS.

Attributes of Successful Criminal Justice Professionals:

  • Skilled at managing conflict
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to remain calm and think clearly under pressure
  • Compassionate
  • Technologically adept

Transfer Tips:

  • Criminal Justice students preparing to transfer should work closely with an advisor to customize a course of study based on their transfer goals.
  • FVCC’s Criminal Justice Transfer Track prepares students to transfer to the University of Montana-Missoula or Montana State University-
  • Bozeman to work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology.
    Students should become familiar with transfer school programs, as it is the student’s responsibility to check with each transfer school in order to determine specific prerequisite courses and equivalencies.

In addition to general education requirements and specific transfer school requirements, Criminal Justice transfer track students typically take the following courses at FVCC:

Course NumberCourse Title
CHMY 280Forensic Science I
CJUS 121Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJUS 230Police Organization
PSCI 210Introduction to American Government
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology
SOCI XXXIntroduction to Sociology

FVCC also offers a two-year degree in Criminal Justice (AAS) for students wishing to enter the workforce.


Student Support Center Advisor

Jori Bullemer

LRC 129

(406) 756-3905
Faculty Advisor

Michael Skinner

BSS 128

(406) 756-3870

For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.