Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology

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Are you thinking about pursuing a career that combines knowledge of psychology concepts with a background in the criminal justice system? If yes, then you might want to consider Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology program. Read more about this online degree here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

From crisis intervention to negotiations, the curriculum of the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Forensic Psychology at Purdue University Global offers you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of psychology in law enforcement, corrections, and other areas of criminal justice. You could expect to study such topics as psychological services for police officers, crisis intervention techniques, causes of stress in criminal justice careers, and types and treatments of various psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety. Other required courses might address victimization, causes of crime, victims' rights, investigative processes, and crime theories. The practical application of what is learned throughout the program is achieved in the completion of several assignments given in the culminating capstone course.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As a prospective student of this bachelor's degree program, you might benefit from having taken prior psychology and criminal justice courses and have an interest in learning more about the forensics field. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to complete 180 credits to earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. This credit total reflects 33 credits in the core curriculum, 64 credits in major coursework, 24 credits in concentration classes, and 59 credits of open electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
CS204Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU245 Ethics
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Criminal Justice Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ100Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
CJ101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ102Criminology I
CJ210Criminal Investigation
CJ212

CJ233
Crime Prevention
OR
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJ216Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
CJ227Criminal Procedure
CJ230Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
CJ340Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
CJ345

CJ444
Supevisory Practices in Criminal Justice
OR
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ490Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJ499Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ325Psychology for Law Enforcement
CJ440Crisis Intervention
PS440Abnormal Psychology
300/400-levelCriminal Justice Elective

Elective Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
59 credits of Open Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology program is designed primarily to ready you for entry-level positions in law enforcement, investigations, or the legal system. You might be prepared to assume responsibilities in corrections, crime labs, courts, community centers, or crisis centers.

Positions you could consider pursuing include:

  • Court liaison
  • Victim advocate
  • Crime lab assistant

Advanced Degrees

If you wish to pursue counseling or supervisory positions in the field of forensic psychology, you might be required to continue your education past this BS in Criminal Justice program and earn a master's degree. An advanced degree is necessary to obtain the proper licensure to provide counseling services in youth detention centers, correctional facilities, and community centers. Graduate degrees you could consider include:

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice