B.A. in Psychology (Forensic Psychology Track)


By taking only 33 credits of prescribed psychology courses, students are able to complete the requirements for the major and the track without exceeding the normal 120 credits required for graduation.  If students wish to take additional psychology courses outside the track, including any of the courses recommended below, they may do so as free electives.
Qualifications for admission to the track include the following:
  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. A minimum of 6 credits completed in psychology with at least a 2.75 average.
  3. Once admitted to the track, students must maintain the above GPA requirements for continuation.
The courses required for the forensic psychology track include the standard 18 credits of required major courses, plus the 15 credits of major electives listed below.
General Education Requirements (53 credits)

College Competencies (24 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Speech/Professional Communication
Quantitative Analysis
Math or Technology or Statistics
PSYC2201     Statistics
Ethical and Moral Analysis
Scientific Analysis

Liberal Arts Distribution (21 credits)

Language
Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSYC2204     Child Development
Art and Culture
Humanities

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives 
UNIV2002       Global Issues         

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Required Major Courses (18 credits)

PSYC1103     General Psychology
PSYC2234     Social Psychology
PSYC3202     Experimental Psychology
PSYC3315     Abnormal Psychology
PSYC3384     Theories of Personality
PSYC4500     Senior Seminar in Psychology (or)

PSYC4501     Advanced Senior Seminar

Forensic Psychology Track Courses (15 credits)

CRIM1101     Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM2204     Juv. Justice & Delinquency 
PSYC3317     Psychology & the Law
PSYC3421     Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC____     Field Placement, Independent Study in Psychology (or)
1Co-op in Psychology

Minor/SAC (15 credits)
Free Electives2 (19 credits)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in SPCH.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering.

MATH, TECHNOLOGY or STATISTICS:  Psychology majors will take PSYC2201 Statistics.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. Choose course from PHIL, RELI, a course that has “ethics” in its title, or a course designated as meeting the requirement within a major program.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science from BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, MBIO, or PHYS.

LANGUAGE:  If a student is beginning a new language, Elementary II (1102) is required to fulfill the 3 credit language requirement. If the student is taking a language previously studied, successful completion of Intermediate I (2103) fulfills the requirement. The student taking a previously studied language must take the placement test. If the placement score is above the Intermediate I level, the student is excused from the language requirement and will need to replace those 3 language credits with a free elective.

ARTS AND CULTURE:  Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, COMM2104, COMM2210, COMM2415, COMM2103, COMM2743, COMM2745, or EPS 1201.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  Take six credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, or SOCI. For Psychology majors, three credits will be satisfied by the required major course PSYC2204 Child Development.

HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

1CO-OP AND/OR INTERNSHIP is/are arranged by Career Development. Students must contact the Director of Career Development before the start of their junior year.

2RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES:  Students enrolled in the Forensic Psychology track are encouraged to take the following 3-credit courses as free electives: CRIM2215 Crime and Forensics, CRIM2230 Death Penalty, PSYC3301 Drugs and Behavior, PSYC3324 Group and Family Dynamics, and PSYC3394 Disorders of Addiction.