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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology - Forensic Psychology (B.S.)

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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology majors choose from five specializations to best suit their personal interests and professional goals. Each program is designed to help students meet entry-level career requirements and/or pursue advanced degrees in their chosen subfields.

The Forensic Psychology Program was designed for students who want a central focus of study on the interplay of psychology and the criminal justice system. This merging of the two disciplines provides students with a comprehensive major that is adequate in both depth and breadth of exploration.

Career and Graduate Study Options

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level career opportunities where human behavior and the legal system intersect (alternative incarceration programs, probation, juvenile detention, etc.) and provides adequate experience to determine interest to pursue the extensive training required for a doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the social and developmental precursors and psychological qualities common to deviant behavior;
  • Identify the various methods of assessment employed to evaluate dangerousness to self and others, trial competency, and behavioral accountability;
  • Evaluate various treatment options for criminal offenders, taking into account both legal and psychological implications.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of PS) in this major. This requirement extends to HS, CJ, and CH/ED courses in the Mental Health Worker, Forensic Psychology, and Developmental Psychology programs, respectively.



One semester of field placement may be required if PS 401 is taken in lieu of PS 450.

IV. Other Required Courses: (39-40 credits)

  • Science Elective 3-4 credits
    (Scientific Understanding)
  • History Elective 3 credits
    (Historical Understanding)
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
    (Humanities Fine Arts)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
    (“W” Course)

V. Open Electives: (33 credits)

11 Open electives, including:

  • An additional “O” course and an additional “W” course
  • Elective courses, which may include requirements for a minor

Total Credits: (120-121)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses  inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses.
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)


  • Four (4) Open Electives  12 credits
    (SO 101 is recommended as one of these)

Third Year: (33 credits)

  • History Elective 3 credits
  • Two Open electives 6 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
    (Prerequisites: EN 102 and Junior standing)

Fourth Year: (27 credits)

  • Five Open electives 15 credits
  • Literature elective 3 credits
  • Humanities or Fine Arts elective 3 credits 
  • Potentially one semester of field placement if PS 401 is taken 

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