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.

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.


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.

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science: Forensic Psychology Concentration Curriculum

Course: Course Name: Credits:Course: Course Name: Credits:
Freshman Year
Math Elective3SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3PSYC2105Social Psychology3
PSYC2001Psychology of Adjustment3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3PSYC1107Human Growth and Development
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PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3
JUST1100Criminal Justice System and Process3PSYC2400 Forensic Psychology3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC2405Correctional Psychology3PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC2002 Psychology of Personality3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
EXSC3205Drugs and Society3JUST1300Theories of Crime 3
BIOL1001Biology I4FORE2001Introduction to Forensics4
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BIOL2503Anatomy and Physiology
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
Junior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
LGLS2102Criminal Law3SOCI2400 Social Problems3
PSYC26033Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
FORE3900Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective3FORE3900 Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective 3
JUST2204Victimology and Victim Services3Science with Lab Elective4
PSYC4400Criminal Minds3Psychology or Justice Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:16
Senior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
Open Elective3FORE4901Forensic Science Capstone3
General Education Elective 3SOCI3200 Deviance and Social Control3
Psychology or Justice Elective3Psychology or Justice Elective3
Psychology or Justice Elective3Psychology or Justice Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:12
Total Credits:120

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