B.S. in Forensic Psychology

The goal of the Forensic Psychology program is to develop professionals trained in the science of human behavior and mental processes as they apply to the civil, legal, and criminal environments. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the basic approaches to behavioral/cognitive science, the U.S. legal system, the role of social and organizational context in human behavior, and how these tools can be used to understand, evaluate, and predict human behavior in a variety of situations. Students in the Forensic Psychology program will be prepared to meet the entry requirements for graduate programs in Forensic Psychology or related disciplines, assist with personnel evaluation in a variety of settings, work with local and federal agencies as part of an enforcement or predictive behavior team, and contribute across many industries to the understanding and prediction of human interaction in a civil/criminal context.

Degree Requirements

Students in Forensic Psychology take 122 credits. Students in the program will receive a broad foundation in math, sciences and research methods, achieved through 19 hours of lab science as well as a 2-course sequence of psychological statistics and research methodology. Students also cover test and measurement theory, personnel assessment, group behavior, and criminal/civil transgression, including the design and science underlying measurements of human attitudes and behavior. Students combine their psychological training with a solid foundation in global and cyber security, forensic science, and understanding of both the US legal system and international affairs. Students must complete a two-semester Capstone in which they will demonstrate their integration of this knowledge via a student-led research project or practicum experience.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
Quantitative Methods I
College Algebra
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SS 110 World History 3
U.S. History
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
Quantitative Methods II
Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research 3
PSY 306 Deceptions 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
PSY 365 Abnormal Psychology 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Junior Year
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II 4
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition 3
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
PSY 336 Criminal & Civil Transgression I 3
Designated Electives 6
PSY 337 Criminal & Civil Transgression II 3
SIS 308 Courts and Criminal Justice 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Senior Year
BA 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science 3
HU 363 Communication and Society 3
PSY 410 Personnel Selection and Assessment 3
PSY 470 Forensic Psychology Capstone I 3
PSY 471 Forensic Psychology Capstone II 3
Designated Electives 12
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 122.0

Designated Electives

BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 328Professional Consulting3
PSY 326Group and Team Behavior3
PSY 345Training and Development3
PSY 350Social Psychology3
PSY 494Tests and Measurements Theory3
SS 327International Relations3

 UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit.