The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology at the Embry-Riddle Prescott campus, combines interests in human behavior and the desire to positively impact the legal system. Psychology, research, math, science, statistics, and security are the foundations of the forensic psychology degree. This bachelor's degree builds on the understanding of behavioral and cognitive sciences, the impact of our society and culture on behavior, and the tools needed to evaluate those involved. 

Bachelor of Science in
Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology at the Embry-Riddle Prescott campus, combines interests in human behavior and the desire to positively impact the legal system. Psychology, research, math, science, statistics, and security are the foundations of the forensic psychology degree. This bachelor's degree builds on the understanding of behavioral and cognitive sciences, the impact of our society and culture on behavior, and the tools needed to evaluate those involved.

Forensic psychology students are well-prepared to enter careers in psychology or various related fields, court systems, law enforcement agencies, government security agencies, and law firms, and pursue postgraduate study in master-level and doctoral programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology degree is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Degree Requirements

Students in Forensic Psychology take 122-123 credits, and the program is normally completed in 8 semesters. Students in the program will receive a broad foundation in math/sciences and research methods, achieved through 14 hours of lab science as well as a 2-course sequence of psychological statistics and research methodology. Psychology training focuses the student on the development of the behavioral and social sciences and the role that they play in understanding and predicting human behavior. Courses in Sensation, Perception & Cognition, Personality & Profiling, Deceptions, Training & Development, and more give students a strong foundation in the psychological science. Students also cover test and measurement theory as they apply to the development of survey and other behavioral measurement instruments that rely on scientific and mathematical protocols. Students combine their psychological training with a solid foundation in global and cybersecurity, forensic science, and understanding of both the US legal system and international affairs. Students must complete a two-semester Capstone in which they will demonstrate their integration of this knowledge a via student-led research project or practicum experience.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
UNIV 101 College Success* *1
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
COM122 English Composition 3
PSY 222 Introduction to I/O Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology 4
HU 143 Introduction to Rhetoric 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
or MA 120
Quantitative Methods I
or MA 140
College Algebra
  Credits Subtotal 29-30
Sophomore Year
Credits
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
or MA 220
Quantitative Methods II
or MA 241
Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PSY 365 Abnormal Psychology 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology & Forensic Science 4
SS 110 World History 3
or SS 120
U.S. History
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
PSY 322 Research Design in Psychology 4
PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis & Research 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
  Credits Subtotal 32
Junior Year
Credits
PS 114 Introductory Physics II (& lab) 4
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance 3
PSY 306 Deceptions 3
PSY 311 Sensation, Perception & Cognition 3
PSY 336 Criminal and Civil Transgression I 3
PSY 313 Personality & Profiling 3
Designated Electives 6
PSY 337 Criminal & Civil Transgression II 3
SIS 308 Courts and Criminal Justice 3
  Credits Subtotal 31
Senior Year
Credits
PSY 410 Personnel Selection & Assessment 3
PSY 470 Forensic Psychology Capstone I 3
Open Electives 6
Designated Electives 12
BA 329 Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination 3
PSY 471 Forensic Psychology Capstone II 3
  Credits Subtotal 30
  Credits Total 122-123

*UNIV meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirements.

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