Forensic Psychology Major

7146
Bachelor of Arts
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7146 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

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)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1400 Psychology Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • EDS 1031 Survey of Science 1: Physical Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • EDS 1032 Survey of Science 2: Life Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science or Technology) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    or Restricted Elective (PSF)
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • PSF 4551 Victim Studies and Advocacy
    or Restricted Elective (PSF)
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Communication Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    or Free Elective
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (COM) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (14 credit hours)
  • PSF 4491 Legal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
    or Free Elective
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) 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: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
Natural Science Bases
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0