Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Forensic Psychology)

Explore the intersection of law and mental health through a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology. The Bachelor of Science in forensic psychology program can provide you with a strong foundation in psychological concepts as well as statistical reasoning and research abilities. Graduates may work in related areas or pursue additional studies.

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Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is forensic psychology?

Forensic psychology explores the relationship between psychology and the law. That includes corrections, courts, criminal behavior, diagnosis, treatment and much more. As a forensic psychologist, you may help determine the mental state of criminal defendants. You could also work in other parts of the justice system, including law enforcement or corrections. If you have a career in these fields, or in investigations or mental health, you can build valuable and directly relevant knowledge through this degree.

How can I become a forensic psychologist?

 

To become a practicing forensic psychologist, you’ll need to complete a doctoral degree. An online forensic psychology degree can provide you with important background knowledge and is necessary for earning a graduate degree in the field. Working as a forensic psychologist requires advanced training and education. With an undergraduate degree, you can work in a wide variety of related settings where psychology and the legal system intersect.

What is the difference between a BA and a BS in forensic psychology?

 

The BS program emphasizes biological and neuroscientific understanding. The BA focuses less on math and science, instead offering more electives that students can use to customize their education.

A BS in forensic psychology may be preferable if you want to apply to graduate programs. However, either forensic psychology major will be applicable. The BS curriculum is intended to support advanced study through the exploration of topics and concepts in psychology, clinical applications and public policy. As such, you’ll need to take additional lab courses and advanced statistical training to complete the BS.

Will my BS in forensic psychology say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Forensic psychology college courses

To earn your bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology, you must study a variety of topics, including abnormal behavior, criminology and psychological perspectives on the court system. The Bachelor of Science degree also entails study in research and statistics, lab work and neuroscience. You can choose electives that focus on specialized topics in forensic psychology and align with your personal or professional interests.

Courses in this program include:


PSY 230: Introduction to Statistics (CS)


PSY 368: Forensic Psychology


PSY 468: Psychology and Law


PSY 474: Correctional Psychology


PSY 366: Abnormal Psychology (SB)


PSY 290: Research Methods (L or SG)


PSY 330: Statistical Methods (CS)


What can you do with a forensic psychology degree?

A bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology can support your career growth in several fields. These include work as a police officer, behavioral health technician or corrections professional. An advanced degree is required for many specialized positions.

Here are several paths you might consider, some of which may demand further study:

Behavioral Health Specialist


Growth: 5.1 %
Salary: $64,210

Counselor (General)


Growth: 13.0 %
Salary: $45,760

Lawyer


Growth: 4.0 %
Salary: $126,930

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Growth: %
Salary:

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: %
Salary:

Neuropsychologist


Growth: 2.3 %
Salary: $105,780

Psychiatrist


Growth: 11.9 %
Salary: #

Social Worker


Growth: 11.7 %
Salary: $48,430

Substance Abuse Social Worker


Growth: 16.8 %
Salary: $48,720

The same world-class faculty, online or in person

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

The same world-class faculty, online or in person

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Admission requirements for the forensic psychology major

I am a future

You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from a leading research university

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report

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in innovation for 6 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

 

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities. 

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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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