Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Forensic Psychology
Explore the intersection of law and mental health with this Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology. You’ll gain a strong foundation in psychological concepts, as well as statistical reasoning and research. Graduates may work in related areas or pursue additional studies.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Forensic psychology: Exploring the relationship between psychology and the law
Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law, and this online forensic psychology degree concentration combines general training in psychology with specialized course work in criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and legal decision-making.
A bachelor’s degree such as this — one of the only undergraduate degrees on this topic in the nation — can be your first step on your path to graduate and doctoral education, which are needed to pursue advanced roles in the field. For example, you’ll need to complete a graduate degree to work as a psychologist and becoming a forensic psychologist requires a PhD.
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.
Choosing between a BA and BS in forensic psychology
ASU Online offers both a BA and BS in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology.
Featured forensic psychology courses
In this online forensic psychology degree concentration, you’ll study topics such as abnormal behavior, criminology and psychological perspectives on the court system. This 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 may include:
PSY 230: Introduction to Statistics (CS)
PSY 368: Forensic Psychology
PSY 468: Psychology and Law
PSY 474: Correctional Psychology
PSY 366: Psychological Disorders (SB)
PSY 290: Research Methods (L or SG)
PSY 330: Statistical Methods (CS)
What can you do with a forensic psychology degree concentration?
A forensic psychology undergraduate program can support career growth in several fields. This includes work as a police officer, behavioral health technician or corrections professional. An advanced degree is required for many specialized positions. Paths you may consider include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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