Forensic Psychology Major

7146
Bachelor of Arts
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 7146 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

Program Chair
Mark T. Harvey, Ph.D.

The Bachelor of Arts Forensic Psychology is a unique program designed to provide knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in several areas of criminal justice in the context of a firm foundation in basic psychology. Forensic psychology majors can pursue careers in criminal justice professions such as crime analysts, police or probation officers, and victim advocates, and in nonprofit and social agencies that coordinate efforts with legal/justice systems, such as domestic violence shelters and victims' rights groups Some forensic psychology majors may choose to pursue graduate study in criminal justice, forensic psychology, experimental psychology, clinical psychology, crime analysis, criminology or law.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the suggested curriculum below.

Restricted Electives

The Restricted Elective in a foreign language requires two semesters of a foreign language other than a student's home language. PSY and PSF courses other than PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology or PSY 3641 Political Psychology cannot be used as the social science elective. Communication electives may be satisfied by any COM 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level courses, foreign languages or linguistics. A list of approved Forensic Psychology Electives may be found below.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (14 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • EDS 1031 Survey of Science 1: Physical Science
    or Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a survey of physics, chemistry and astronomy including motion, forces, energy, electricity, waves, the metric system and the application of science and technology to everyday living.
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • PSY 1400 Psychology Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers discussions by members of the faculty about various areas of research in and practice of psychology to give freshmen an overview of the nature of the field and the people in it.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in the School of Psychology.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • EDS 1032 Survey of Science 2: Life Science
    or Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Facilitates student understanding of laws, phenomena and processes of cellular and human biology, and to address selected current topics in ecology and environmental science.
  • SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice
    Credit Hours: 3
    The philosophy and history of the American criminal justice system. Explores interrelationships among system components to include police, courts, institutional corrections, community-based corrections and the juvenile justice system. Contemporary critical issues such as discretion in the administration of criminal justice, race, due process and search and seizure
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the psychological theories and methods pertinent to the legal and criminal justice systems. Includes victimization, reliability of eyewitness testimony, jury selection, treatment vs. incarceration, insanity, family and drug court issues, and trial testimony. Also explores research and training roles in relation to the justice system.
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces foundational concepts in quantitative behavioral research methods, including theory building, reliability, validity, sampling and ethics. Covers measurement and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics and computer data analysis.
  • Restricted Elective (Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the basic questions concerning human nature, human behavior, crime and criminality from the perspectives of sociological, psychological and criminological theories.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science or Technology) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    or Restricted Elective (PSF)
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the behavior of victims, suspects and witnesses of crime with respect to the psychological principles used in investigation; in particular kinesics, interview techniques, reliability of recall and legal implications of interview techniques.
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the principles of learning and motivation based primarily on nonhuman studies in classical and instrumental conditioning. Focuses on procedures, theories and applications.
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • PSF 4551 Victim Studies and Advocacy
    or Restricted Elective (PSF)
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores realistic goals for implementation of psychological knowledge, skills, abilities and values in occupational and/or educational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals. Also includes how those goals may meet societal needs.
  • Communication Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    or Free Elective
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the history, comparative perspectives and legal framework as apply to the responses to child maltreatment. Addresses the necessary skills needed to work as a child advocate. Also includes other issues pertaining to child maltreatment.
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of the experiential component of placement at a work site.
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    (Q)
    Credit Hours: 4
    Provides an in-depth analysis of experimental research design and laboratory procedures. Introduces analysis of between and repeated design experimental data using analysis of variance. Includes a laboratory component in which students will perform all phases of a research project.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (COM) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (14 credit hours)
  • PSF 4491 Legal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the intersection of law and psychology as an area of research and study. Covers topics such as Supreme Court decisions, arrest and trial, juror decision-making, and relevant problems or concerns that arise during investigation, trial and sentencing.
  • PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
    or Free Elective
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines contemporary and critical issues in forensic psychology that are central to theoretical and applied areas of the field, such as racial profiling, sex crimes, jury consulting, correctional psychology, kinesics and advanced interviewing, international crime and terrorism.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Psychology Bases Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSF) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 120

*Students are required to choose two courses from the social science bases list and one course from the experimental science bases list.

Forensic Psychology Electives (12 credit hours)
  • PSF 3511 Introduction to Crime Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the techniques, materials and methods of analysis of crime and criminal activity. Concentration areas include analyzing crime, forecasting criminal occurrences, mapping techniques, crime patterns, suspect identification and monitoring crime trends.
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the behavior of victims, suspects and witnesses of crime with respect to the psychological principles used in investigation; in particular kinesics, interview techniques, reliability of recall and legal implications of interview techniques.
  • PSF 3515 Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers topics of particular general interest in forensic psychology, criminal justice or criminology when student interest and staffing permit.
  • PSF 4515 Advanced Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers topics of particular general interest in forensic psychology, criminal justice or criminology when student interest and staffing permit.
  • PSF 4551 Victim Studies and Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews forensic clinical psychology, including forensic interviewing and assessment of children and adults, treatment of offenders and victims, legal procedures involving the interaction of clinical psychologists with the justice system, and expert testimony by mental health professionals.
  • PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines contemporary and critical issues in forensic psychology that are central to theoretical and applied areas of the field, such as racial profiling, sex crimes, jury consulting, correctional psychology, kinesics and advanced interviewing, international crime and terrorism.
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the history, comparative perspectives and legal framework as apply to the responses to child maltreatment. Addresses the necessary skills needed to work as a child advocate. Also includes other issues pertaining to child maltreatment.
  • PSY 2413 Research Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers research experience under the direction of a member of the psychology faculty, generally in the context of programmatic research teams.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4413 Undergraduate Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers research experience under the direction of a member of the psychology faculty.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the prevalence and patterns of juvenile delinquency, emphasizing casual factors, control and prevention. Examines the roles of family, peers, school, community, gender and other social regulators of delinquency. Introduces the juvenile justice system.
Psychology Bases
Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • BEH 4025 Applied Behavior Analysis and Exceptional Learners
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes basic treatment techniques involved in behavioral treatment of children with autism. Includes behavioral characteristics and etiology of autism, history of applied behavior analysis for exceptional learners, and applies behavioral technologies and behavior change systems during supervised practical training.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite course or instructor approval.
  • PSY 2000 Life Span Development and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the various psychological, biological and other interdisciplinary areas of human development. Also covers changes over the entire human life span.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in Florida Tech Online
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 2446 Sport Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the theory, research and applications of psychology pertaining to exercise and sports. Presents current topics and issues relevant to sport psychology.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.
  • PSY 3641 Political Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the nature and history of political psychology and its methodologies. Includes personality and politics, social beliefs, attitudes, social identity, racism, xenophobia, genocide, nationalism, nativism, political leadership, social movements, modernization, voting behavior, terrorism and conflict resolution.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews clinical psychology and community psychology. Reviews methods of clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. Presents the concepts of community psychology as they have developed from the fields of psychology, social work and public administration.
  • PSY 4541 Culture and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents a theoretical basis for understanding the relationship between psychology and social science fields involving cultural studies, including cross-cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, cultural psychology, psychological sociology, ethnicity and multiculturalism. Emphasizes quantitative research methodology in these fields.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews basic memory processes, theories and research, memory development across the lifespan, and application of principles to everyday life. Balances coverage of both strengths and limitations of memory. Engages students in a series of classic memory experiments and strengthens their own memory through training and testing.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Humanities Core Courses