B.S. in Forensic Psychology

Students will:

  • Apply technology proficiently in forensic settings.
  • Make positive contributions on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Communicate effectively at a level appropriate to forensic audiences.
  • Apply best practice guidelines, legal standards, and ethical conduct in various civil and criminal forensic settings.
  • Apply fundamental research methods to evaluate issues pertinent to psychology and the impact of laws and policies.
  • Apply theoretical foundations of psychology, with a focus on the convergence of psychology and the law.
  • Analyze issues in forensic psychology and the intersection of psychology with the legal system.
  • Compare contextual and developmental influences on individual and group behavior and diversity of perspectives when evaluating and intervening with forensic psychology populations.

Degree Requirements

Students in Forensic Psychology take 120 credits. The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology can be earned in eight semesters, assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. Students are encouraged, but not required, to choose a minor field of study.

Program Requirements

General Education 

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours. This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Science
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Program Curriculum (33 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Forensic Psychology. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy general education requirements.

BIO 120
BIO 120L
Foundations of Biology I
and Foundations of Biology I Laboratory #
COM 122English Composition #3
General Education - Communication Theory and Skills #6
General Education - Computer Science/Information Technology Elective #3
General Education - lower-level Humanities #3
General Education - lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science #3
General Education - Mathematics Electives #6
General Education - Physical and Life Science (Natural Science) Elective #2
General Education - lower-level Social Science #3
Total Credits33

Common Core (17 Credits)

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology #3
PSY 103Professional Development in Psychology1
PSY 226Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research ^3
PSY 322Research Design ^4
PSY 494Tests and Measurements Theory3
PSY 496Capstone in Psychology3
Total Credits17

Basis of Psychology (12 Credits)

PSY 311Sensation, Perception, and Cognition3
or PSY 335 Physiological Psychology
PSY 345Training and Development3
or PSY 350 Social Psychology
or PSY 401 Psychology of Leadership
PSY 354Developmental Psychology3
PSY 365Abnormal Psychology3
Total Credits12

Forensic Psychology Core (12 Credits)

Choose a total of four (4) courses from the list below:

PSY 306Psychology of Deception Detection3
PSY 313Personality and Profiling3
PSY 336Forensic Psychology3
PSY 337Criminality3
Upper-level PSY courses with a Forensic Psychology Focus (approved by Chair)3

Investigations and the Law (13 Credits)

PSY 320Aviation Psychology3
SIS 200Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4
SIS 308Courts and Criminal Justice3
Total Credits13

Designated Electives (18 Credits)
Choose a total of six (6) courses from the list below:

ACC 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior *3
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics3
SIS 340Security Investigations and Interview3
SIS 342Interview Techniques & Tactics3
SIS 352White Collar Crime3
SIS 411Procedural Laws and Evidence3
SS 327International Relations3
Upper-level PSY Courses3

Open Electives (15 Credits)

Open Electives15
Total Credits120

Offered in Fall Only


Offered in Spring Only


General Education Courses


PSY 226 and PSY 322 are rigorous, foundational courses in the field of psychological sciences. Therefore, both must be taken at ERAU to ensure students receive the highest quality of instruction, as well as benefit from the university's unique academic resources.

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.

Forensic Psychology - General

Freshman Year
COM 122 English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Science Elective 3
UNIV 101 College Success (1)
 Credits Subtotal15.0
BIO 120
BIO 120L
Foundations of Biology I 4
Humanities Lower-Level Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 103 Professional Development in Psychology 1
PSY 354 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 320 Aviation Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal17.0
Sophomore Year
Communications Elective 3
Computer Science/Information Technology 3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Science) 2
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition 3
Physiological Psychology
PSY 365 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal14.0
Communication Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Junior Year
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 322 Research Design 4
PSY 336 Forensic Psychology 3
SIS 308 Courts and Criminal Justice 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Designated Elective 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PSY 345 Training and Development 3
Social Psychology
Psychology of Leadership
PSY 337 Criminality 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
Designated Elective 3
Designated Elective 3
PSY 306 Psychology of Deception Detection 3
PSY 494 Tests and Measurements Theory 3
PSY 496 Capstone in Psychology *3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Designated Elective 3
Designated Elective 3
Designated Elective 3
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
 Credits Subtotal12.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Based on student interests, PSY 496 Capstone in Psychology may be taken in the Fall or Spring semester.