Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science: Forensic Psychology Concentration

Forensic psychology is one of the most popular careers in psychology today. Essentially forensic psychologists apply psychology to criminal justice. Job opportunities can be found in law enforcement, clinical work and counseling, research, and more. While the best job prospects are available for individuals who have completed doctoral studies in this discipline, Becker College prepares students for graduate study as well as for entry-level positions within this evolving industry.

The Becker College forensic psychology concentration within the psychology program prepares students for careers working with lawmakers, attorneys, and other experts within family, criminal, and civil court systems. Students learn to apply psychological principles to the law for the purpose of examining issues relating to crime prevention, rehabilitation programs in prisons, child custody cases, courtroom dynamics, and effective policing, among others. Students in the forensic psychology concentration also receive an introduction to major research methods in behavioral sciences. Elective courses, a senior seminar, and an internship are available.


For more information about the Forensic Psychology concentration, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply scientific methods to analyze and compare physical evidence to determine its properties and possible origin.
  • Identify and utilize correct investigative techniques during criminal investigations, including the proper use of equipment in the criminal investigation process.
  • Apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.
  • Identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
  • Interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems, forensic science, and criminal justice.

Forensic Psychology Concentration


Freshman Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Math Elective 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Psychology of Adjustment PSYC2001 3
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Criminal Justice System and Process JUST1100 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
Social Psychology PSYC2105 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3
Human Growth and Development OR PSYC1107 3
Developmental Child Psychology PSYC1002
Forensic Psychology PSYC2400 3

Credits Total: 30

Sophomore Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3
Correctional Psychology PSYC2405 3
Psychology of Personality PSYC2002 3
Drugs and Society EXSC3205 3
Biology I OR BIOL1001 4
Anatomy and Physiology BIOL2503

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC3400 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Theories of Crime JUST1300 3
Introduction to Forensics FORE2001 4

Credits Total: 32

Junior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Criminal Law LGLS2102 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Forensic Science Internship OR Forensic Science Elective FORE3900 3
Victimology and Victim Services JUST2204 3
Criminal Minds PSYC4400 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Social Problems SOCI2400 3
Humanities OR Fine Arts Elective 3
Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective FORE3900 3
Science with Lab Elective 4
Psychology OR Justice Elective 3

Credits Total: 31

Senior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Open Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Psychology OR Justice Elective 3
Psychology OR Justice Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Forensic Science Capstone FORE4901 3
Deviance and Social Control SOCI3200 3
Psychology OR Justice Elective 3
Psychology OR Justice Elective 3

Credits Total: 27

Recommended Electives

  • EXSC2202  Emergency Responder
  • EXSC2203  Personal and Community Health*
  • LGLS2107  Family Law
  • LGLS3292  Conflict Resolution
  • LGLS3200  Topics in Law and Society
  • PSYC2300  Adolescents At-Risk
  • PSYC3300  Addictions Counseling*
  • PSYC4600  Addictions Counseling in Groups*

*Required for those seeking license eligibility in the area of addictions counseling.

 
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