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At a glance

Program Bachelor of Science in Criminology
Duration 4 Years
College College of Criminal Justice Education
Department Department of Criminology
Campus Visayas State University Tolosa Campus
Compliance CHED Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2018
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About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology was offered during the School Year 2008 to 2009 in Visayas State University – Tolosa under the Department of Criminology, based upon the approved BOR Resolution No. 51, series of 2008, which attracted a good number of students. The program was later revised by BOR Resolution No. 56, s. of 2018 approving the revised curriculum of the BS Criminology Program in accordance with CHED Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2018 and was named the Department of Criminology and Forensics. At present, with the virtue of the Revised Organizational Structure, it was then named the College of Criminal Justice Education.

Today, the BS Criminology Program continues to produce graduates serving the public across all law enforcement agencies namely in Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail and Penology and other allied law enforcement agencies. All these where achieved through the effort and support of the University, it’s administration and the teaching force of the Department of Criminology and Forensics.

The offering of the BS Criminology program fits well with the VSU’s vision and mission and the BS Criminology goals and in line with the VSU System. The BS Criminology program at VSU Tolosa aims to be a center of excellence in Criminology in the region and target to produce globally competitive imbued with excellent leadership skill and commendable research work and community engagement in the six areas of Criminology, namely: Criminal Jurisprudence, Procedure and Evidence; Law Enforcement Administration; Criminalistics; Crime Detection and Investigation; Sociology of Crimes and ethics; and Correctional Administration.


Program highlights

The BS Criminology curriculum is guided by CMO No. 21 s. Of 2005. This program aims to develop graduates who have knowledge and skills in addressing the problem of criminality in the country and the competence to meet the challenge of globalization in the field of criminology.

Graduates of Bachelor of Science in Criminology must possess the following competencies (Article IV)

  • Broad cultural background and through knowledge and understanding of constitutional guarantes;
  • Knowledge, skills attitudes and values essential to the practice of Criminology in the fields of criminalistics, law enforcement administration, criminal sociology, criminal law and procedure, correctional administration, ethics and community relations and defensive tactics;
  • Knowledge and understanding of crime problems including causal theories and the implications of crime statistics;
  • Adequate knowledge of the organization and operation of law enforcement agencies and how it forms part of the Criminal Justice System;
  • Scientific knowledge and skills to investigate, analyze and preserve physical evidence relating to the commission of crime as well as identify and present the same in court;
  • Adequate proficiency ans technical knowledge in the fields of Criminalisticss such as: Police Photography, Dactyloscopy, Questioned Document Examination, Polygraphy, Ballistics, Forensic Science and Toxicology; and
  • Knowledge and understanding of elements of crimes as provided under existing laws, including the impassable penalties and pronciples of criminal evidence.

The course description of the BS Criminology Program is stated in CMO No. 05, s. Of 2018.(Article V)

  • The BS in Criminology has a total of 181 units. The program is comprised of the General Education components, professional courses and the practicum (Criminology Internship).
  • There must be professional courses with a total of 181 credit units.
  • A one-semester, 540 hours Practicum with 6 credit units is a requirement where in the students are assigned to different areas of the community. The unique feature of the program is the student’s contribution to “police visibility”
  • Questioned Document Examination Kit and Shadowgraph
  • Patrolman Panfilo A. Arias Jr.
  • Bullet Recovery Box

Career Opportunities

Career choices are actually not limited to being a police officer. Here are the other positions wherein the course is best suited for:

  • Professor, instructor or teacher in Criminology in any state university, college or school duly recognized by the government. You can teach the following subjects:
    - Law Enforcement Administration
    - Criminalistics
    - Correctional Administration
    - Criminal Sociology and allied subjects, and
    - Other technical and specialized subjects in the Criminology curriculum provided by the Commission on Higher Education.
  • Law enforcement administrator, executive, adviser, consultant or agent in any government agency
  • Dactylographer
  • Ballistician
  • Questioned document examiner
  • Law enforcement photographer
  • Lie detection examiner
  • Probation officer
  • Security officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Police laboratory technician
  • As correctional officer or administrator, executive supervisor, worker or officer in any correctional and penal institution.
  • Counselor, expert, adviser, researcher in any government agency on any aspects of criminal research or project involving the causes of crime, juvenile delinquency, treatment of offenders, police operations, law enforcement administration, scientific criminal investigation or public welfare administration.

Notable Alumni

  • Jelmar Badion - (Class 2013)
    • Transportation Regulation Officer 1/ Officer In-Charge
    • Guiuan Extension Office
  • Police Corporal Marlon Maasin - (Class 2014)
    • Cum laude
    • First Honor Public Basic Recruit Course RTC8- 2015
  • Patrolman Panfilo A. Arias Jr. - (Class 2015)
    • First Honor Public Basic Recruit Course RTC8- 2016-01
    • NPTI Director Leadership Awardee as Battalion Commander
    • Non-Academic Proficiency Awardee
  • Jailman Crisanto Tablason - (Class of 2017)
    • Cum laude
    • Member Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
    • Awarded as Top 8 Jail Basic Recruitment Course (JBRC-2018-02
    • Pioneering batch of Tactical Operation Course (JTOC)
  • Patrolwoman Chrystal Jane Palen - (Class 2017)
    • Cum laude
    • Top 1 Public Basic Recruit Course RTC8- 2018
    • PSBRC ICA Representative
    • National Police Training Institute Director Awardee
    • Academic Proficiency Awardee


Department of Criminology
College of Criminal Justice Education
Visayas State University
Brgy. Tanghas, Tolosa, Leyte
Philippines 6503
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Phone: 09176307511

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