Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology

The degree in Forensic Psychology will provide students with the core set of education and skills common to an undergraduate degree in psychology. It is specifically designed for students who desire to work in areas of law enforcements, legal systems, or with rehabilitation and correction juvenile and adult offenders. The degree includes a selection of courses in criminal justice to provide students with knowledge in the area of forensics and criminal justice areas to apply to the core psychology learned in the program.

Careers in forensic Psychology (undergraduate)

Correctional officer, Law enforcement officer, Juvenile detention officer, Forensic examiner assistant, Law enforcement department specialist, Criminal advocate, Probation counselor, Victim advocate, Youth prevention worker, Community services specialist, Community relations officer, Administrative investigator, Judicial affairs coordinator

Degree plan

Core Curriculum

Christian Literacy  – 20 hours

Lower Level Courses
  • Life of Christ (BI 1211) – 2 hours
  • Book of Acts (BI 1214) – 2 hours
  • Pentateuch (BI 2202) – 2 hours
  • Conquest Divided Kingdom (BI 2203) – 2 hours
Upper Level Courses
  • Marriage and Family (BI 3311) – 3 hours
  • Christian Cultural Heritage (BI 4311) – 3 hours
  • Upper Division Bible Electives – 6 hours

Cultural Heritage Literacy – 12 hours

  • Western Cultural Heritage (HU 1310, 1320, & 2310) – 9 hours
  • American Cultural Heritage (HY 2320) – 3 hours

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy    – 11 hours

  • Mathematics (MH 1338 or higher) – 3 hours
  • Perspectives of Biology (BIO 1300) – 3 hours
  • Perspectives of Biology Lab (BIO 1100) – 1 hour
  • Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 2193) – 3 hours
  • Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology Lab (BIO 2193) – 1 hour

Information and Communication Literacy   – 15 hours

Composition and Literature
  • English Composition I & II (EH 1301 & 1302) – 6 hours
  • English/American Literature (EH 2301, 2303, 2304) – 3 hours
Communication: Speech Communication (EH 1303) – 3 hours
Technology Course – 3 hours

Personal and Social Literacy – 10 hours

  • Lifetime Fitness (PE 1300) – 3 hours
  • PE Activity (Two activity courses) – 2 hours
  • Freshman Experience (FE 1111) – 1 hour
  • Service Learning (FASL 1090)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PY 1310) – 3 hours
  • Professional Literacy  – 56 hours

Department Requirements – 6 hours

Introduction to Counseling (COU 2320) – 3 hours

Choose One (PS 2308, SY 2328, SY 3329, SY 3330, SY 331, SY 3390, or ANTH 2301 – 3 hours

Forensic Psychology Major Field Requirements – 40 hours

  • Lifespan Development (PY 3300) – 3 hours
  • Behavioral Statistics (PY 3330) – 3 hours
  • Behavioral Statistics Lab (PY 3130) – 1 hour
  • Research Methods (PY 3350) – 3 hours
  • Social Psychology – 3 hours
  • Conflict Management (COU 3365) – 3 hours
  • Criminology (CJ 3301) – 3 hours
  • Interview and Interrogation (CJ 4303) – 3 hours
  • Criminal Behavior Analysis (CJ 4306) – 3 hours
  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (PY 4320) – 3 hours
  • Psychological Assessment (PY 4320) – 3 hours
  • Professional Ethics in Psychology (PY 4345) – 3 hours

Internship (PY 4351) – 3 hours

Capstone Research Project (PY 4391) – 3 hours

Psychology Major Electives  – 3 hours

PY 3340 or PY 4310

Forensic Psychology Law Electives – 3 hours

CJ 2331 or CJ 3305

Psychology Major Electives – 6 hours

Choose Two: CJ 2310, CJ 2311, CJ 2350, BCJ 3302, BCJ 3304, CJ 3308, BCJ 3310, CJ 4301, CJ 4302, CJ 4303

Total Hours for Graduation – 126 hours

Note: 48 semester hours of upper level courses are required for graduation; Students must complete the Department Exit Exam prior to graduation