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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.

Forensic Psychology Concentration

Freshman Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Math Elective 3
Psychology of Adjustment PSYC2001 3
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Criminal Justice System and Process JUST1100 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
Social Psychology PSYC2105 3
Human Growth and Development OR PSYC1107 3
Developmental Child Psychology PSYC1002
Forensic Psychology FORE2400 3

Credits Total: 30

Sophomore Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Criminal Law LGLS1105 3
Psychology of Personality PSYC2002 3
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Drugs and Society EXSC3205 3
Biology I OR BIOL1001 4
Anatomy and Physiology BIOL2503

Spring Semester

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

Credits Total: 32

Junior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Correctional Psychology FORE2405 3
Forensic Science Intership OR FORE OR PSYC Elective FORE3900 3
Victimology and Victim Services JUST2204 3
Criminal Minds FORE4400 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Social Problems SOCI2400 3
Forensic Science Internship OR FORE OR PSYC Elective FORE3900 3
Science with Lab Elective 4
PSYC OR JUST Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 31

Senior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Open Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
PSYC OR JUST Elective 3
PSYC OR JUST Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Forensic Science Capstone FORE4901 3
Deviance and Social Control SOCI3200 3
PSYC OR JUST Elective 3
FORE OR JUST 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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