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BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology program provides students with the opportunity to build an understanding of human behavior that they can apply in the criminal justice field. Read more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Prior to applying to this BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology program, students might have taken previous coursework in psychology and criminal justice. Strong evaluation, observation, and analytical skills would also be helpful, as is an interest in studying criminal behavior. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

With a focus on forensic psychology procedures, principles, and applications, the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology program at Walden University is designed to offer an education emphasizing behavioral disorders and influences in addition to introductory psychology theories and schools of thought. In the area of concentration, students could expect to learn about criminal profiling, police psychology, social psychology concepts, types of common psychological disorders, behavior evaluation strategies, and ethics of forensic psychology. Core classes may examine major areas of psychology associated with such topics as cognition, human development, emotions, and learning; personality theories; psychological inquiry methods; and the role of culture in psychological development. Students are able to complete a final paper addressing a single area of psychology in the program's capstone.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology:

Of the 181 credits needed to earn this BS in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology degree, 70 credits are split evenly between core and concentration courses. Psychology and general electives account for another 65 credits, with the remaining 46 credits taken in the general education curriculum. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Science
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (35 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology Seminar
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Methods in Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology Capstone

Concentration Courses: Forensic Psychology (35 credits)

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Social Influences on Behavior
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Students choose two of the following courses:
    • Courts and Judicial Process
    • The Criminal Mind
    • Restorative Justice
    • Introduction to Victimology

Psychology Elective Courses (10 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following five courses or any two 3000- or 4000-level courses from the other BS in Psychology concentrations:
    • Racial and Ethnic Identities
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Global Perspectives in Psychology
    • Global Social Justice

Elective Courses (55 credits)

  • Students choose 11 courses from general education, BS in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or any other Walden University bachelor's degree program

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the BS in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology program could prepare graduates to enter the work force, those who intend to pursue more advanced opportunities may need a master's degree. A master's might also be needed for academic careers in psychology, forensics, or criminal justice. Graduate-level studies could expose students to more information about psychological research methodologies, forensic analysis methods, and behavior criminology.

Graduates might consider the following degree options:

  • Master of Science in Forensic Science
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology

Career Paths:

Once they have met all requirements of the BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology program, graduates could begin to apply their knowledge of forensic procedures and criminal behavior in law enforcement agencies, forensics labs, social service agencies, mental health clinics, or correctional facilities. They might seek work in areas of social work, corrections, investigations, crime analysis, behavioral treatment, or probation.

Career options that might be a good fit for graduates include:

  • Investigator
  • Criminal profiler
  • Social service manager
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Police officer

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