Forensic Psychology Major

7146
Bachelor of Arts
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7146 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
Vanessa Edkins, Ph.D.

The Bachelor of Arts Forensic Psychology is a unique program designed to provide knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in several areas of criminal justice in the context of a firm foundation in basic psychology. Forensic psychology majors can pursue careers in criminal justice professions such as crime analysts, police or probation officers, and victim advocates, and in nonprofit and social agencies that coordinate efforts with legal/justice systems, such as domestic violence shelters and victims' rights groups Some forensic psychology majors may choose to pursue graduate study in criminal justice, forensic psychology, experimental psychology, clinical psychology, crime analysis, criminology or law.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the suggested curriculum below.

Restricted Electives

The Restricted Elective in a foreign language requires two semesters of a foreign language other than a student's home language. PSY and PSF courses other than PSY 2444 cannot be used as the social science elective. PSF 3511, and PSF 3515/PSF 4515 (if different topics are chosen), PSF 4562, PSF 4591, PSF 4791, PSY 3541 and PSY 3551 may be used as restricted electives (PSF). Communication electives may be satisfied by any COM 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level courses, foreign languages or linguistics.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • PSY 1400 Freshman Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers discussions by members of the faculty about various areas of research in and practice of psychology to give freshmen an overview of the nature of the field and the people in it.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in the School of Psychology.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Select one course:
  • EDS 1031 Survey of Science 1: Physical Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a survey of physics, chemistry and astronomy including motion, forces, energy, electricity, waves, the metric system and the application of science and technology to everyday living.
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice
    Credit Hours: 3
    The philosophy and history of the American criminal justice system. Explores interrelationships among system components to include police, courts, institutional corrections, community-based corrections and the juvenile justice system. Contemporary critical issues such as discretion in the administration of criminal justice, race, due process and search and seizure
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • Restricted Elective (CL) Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • EDS 1032 Survey of Science 2: Life Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Facilitates student understanding of laws, phenomena and processes of cellular and human biology, and to address selected current topics in ecology and environmental science.
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the psychological theories and methods pertinent to the legal and criminal justice systems. Includes victimization, reliability of eyewitness testimony, jury selection, treatment vs. incarceration, insanity, family and drug court issues, and trial testimony. Also explores research and training roles in relation to the justice system.
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces foundational concepts in quantitative behavioral research methods, including theory building, reliability, validity, sampling and ethics. Covers measurement and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics and computer data analysis.
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the basic questions concerning human nature, human behavior, crime and criminality from the perspectives of sociological, psychological and criminological theories.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology Bases* Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the behavior of victims, suspects and witnesses of crime with respect to the psychological principles used in investigation; in particular kinesics, interview techniques, reliability of recall and legal implications of interview techniques.
  • PSF 3515 Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers topics of particular general interest in forensic psychology, criminal justice or criminology when student interest and staffing permit.
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the principles of learning and motivation based primarily on infrahuman studies in classical and instrumental conditioning. Focuses on procedures, theories and applications.
  • SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the prevalence and patterns of juvenile delinquency, emphasizing casual factors, control and prevention. Examines the roles of family, peers, school, community, gender and other social regulators of delinquency. Introduces the juvenile justice system.
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSF 4515 Advanced Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers topics of particular general interest in forensic psychology, criminal justice or criminology when student interest and staffing permit.
  • PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores realistic goals for implementation of psychological knowledge, skills, abilities and values in occupational and/or educational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals. Also includes how those goals may meet societal needs.
  • Communication Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology Bases* Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSF 3515 Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers topics of particular general interest in forensic psychology, criminal justice or criminology when student interest and staffing permit.
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of the experiential component of placement at a work site and the scholarly inquiry project data collection.
    Requirement(s):
    Second of a three-course QEP internship sequence.
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Provides an in-depth analysis of experimental research design and laboratory procedures. Introduces analysis of between and repeated design experimental data using analysis of variance. Includes a laboratory component in which students will perform all phases of a research project.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • Communication Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Electives Credit Hours: 8
  • Psychology Bases* Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 120

*Students are required to choose two courses from the social science bases list and one course from the experimental science bases list.

Psychology Bases
Social Science Bases
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
Natural Science Bases
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.