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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology

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Online bachelor degree programs give you the flexibility you need to further your education without neglecting life’s responsibilities. When you earn your forensic psychology degree online at Faulkner University, you’re more than a number. Our faith-based, whole-person approach to education helps you achieve all of your goals, whether you’re a recent high school graduate, a busy parent ready to re-enter the workforce, or a 9-to-5 professional seeking a career change.

Program Overview

Our online forensic psychology degree program provides the fundamental education and skills of a typical undergraduate degree in psychology, along with a strong understanding of criminal justice. Students explore criminal behavior, interrogation techniques, and other areas of forensics, and learn how to apply these skills to the core principles of psychology. All of our online bachelor degree programs include courses in math, science, technology, English, and communication, as well as classes that focus on personal, social, Christian, and cultural heritage literacy skills.

Careers in Forensic Psychology

Professionals who are specially trained in forensics usually work in courtrooms, law enforcement agencies, and correctional facilities. However, these professionals may also serve in government and private sectors as consultants, instructors, and rehabilitation specialists. Many students pursue a master’s or doctorate to expand their opportunities. Common career paths in forensic psychology include:

  • Expert Witnesses: Testify in court proceedings regarding a person’s mental condition and well-being to help determine risks, sentencing, and treatments.
  • Trial Consultants: Advise legal professionals on trial preparation, strategies, and presentation techniques. Forensic professionals often provide insight on jury selection.
  • Criminal Behavior Analysts: Review interrogation records and criminal reports for patterns that may indicate criminal intent or behavior. Analysts work with law enforcement and legal professionals.
  • Criminal Assessment and Rehabilitation Providers: Work within courtrooms, correctional facilities, mental health offices, and private practices to provide mental health assessments before or after court proceedings, and to deliver effective treatment and rehabilitation services based on their evaluations.
  • Forensic Psychology Researchers: Perform evidence-based investigations on various legal matters to assist organizations, such as legal firms, government agencies, and private offices, with decisions regarding training, policy changes, and court rulings.

Only at Faulkner University

We believe there’s more to higher education than simply earning a degree. Faulkner University students have the opportunity to grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically, even when they earn their degrees online. We are a non-profit institution, committed to glorifying God in everything we do, and we are dedicated to helping each of our students find and fulfill their individual purpose in Christ. When you earn your forensic psychology degree online at Faulkner University, you enjoy:

  • Well-qualified instructors in the fields of psychology and criminal justice
  • Personalized attention and genuine care
  • Over 70 years of higher education experience
  • Strong and supportive Christian environment
  • Excellent educational value with opportunities for financial aid
  • An experience that transforms the whole person, not just the mind

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Degree Plan

Core Requirements 50 hours

Christian Literacy 18 hours

BI 1315 Biblical Worldview I (3 hours)

BI 1316 Biblical Worldview II (3 hours)

BI 2318 Understanding the Bible (3 hours)

BI 2319 Christian Ethics (3 hours)

BI 3311 Marriage and Family (3 hours)

BI 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Cultural Heritage Literacy 9 hours

HU 2315 Western Tradition I (3 hours)

HU 2355 Western Tradition II (3 hours)

HY 2320 American Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Information and Communication Literacy 9 hours

EH 1301 English Composition I (3 hours)

EH 1302 English Composition II (3 hours)

EH 2301, 2303 or 2304 English/American Literature (3 hours)

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy 7 hours

MH 1338 Finite Math – or higher (3 hours)

BIO 1300 Perspectives of Biology – or higher/approved (3 hours)

BIO 1100 Perspectives of Bio. Lab – or approved matching lab (1 hour)

Personal and Social Literacy 7 hours

PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness (3 hours)

FAF1111 or 2111 Faulkner Foundations (3 hours)

PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)

Major Requirements 71 hours

Psychology Major Field 29 hours

PY 1100 Seminar: Foundations in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 2100 Seminar: Special Topics in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 3100 Seminar: Readings in Psychology (1 hour)

PY 4100 Seminar: Senior Seminar in Psychology (1 hour)

COU 2320 Introduction to Counseling (3 hour)

PY 2301 Developmental Psychology (3 hours)

PY 3330 Behavioral Statistics (3 hours)

PY 3150 Research Methods Lab (1 hour)

PY 3350 Research Methods (3 hours)

PY 3360 Social Psychology (3 hours)

PY 4315 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (3 hours)

PY 4351 Internship (3 hours)

PY 4391 Capstone Research Project (3 hours)

Forensic Psychology Degree Requirements 12 hours

COU 3365 Conflict Management (3 hours)

CJ/BCJ 3301 Criminology (3 hours)

CJ/BCJ 4306 Criminal Behavior Analysis (3 hours)

PY 4307 Industrial Organizational Psychology (3 hours)

Forensic Electives 12 hours

Choose one of the following: (3 hours)

PY 3340 Theories of Personality

PY 4310 Abnormal Psychology

Choose one of the following: (3 hours)

CJ 2331 Criminal Law

CJ 3305 Constitutional Law

Choose two of the following: (6 hours)

CJ/BCJ 4303 Interview and Interrogation

CJ/BCJ 3302 Community Relations

CJ/BCJ 3304 Juvenile Justice

BCJ 3310 Corrections

CJ/BCJ 2310 Criminal Investigation

CJ/BCJ 2311 Organization and Administration

CJ 2350 Crime Scene Investigation

CJ 3308 Terrorism

CJ 4301 Criminalistics

CJ/BCJ 4302 Courts and Courtroom Procedure

CJ/BCJ 4304 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System

Free electives 18 hours


Core Curriculum Requirements 50 hours

Professional and Major Field 71 hours

Total Hours Required for Graduation 121 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Admission Requirements

Prospective students wishing to enroll in this degree program must be a qualified high school graduate who has completed a high school curriculum and received a regular high school diploma, or has a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. Applicants out of high school for more than five years are not required to provide ACT or SAT scores. If out of high school for less than five years, a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 1290 is required for admission. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements can apply for conditional admission. You must forward official transcripts from all schools previously attended.

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