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.
Next start date: 06/30/2021
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.
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:
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:
Admission requirements for the forensic psychology major
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