Psychology (Forensic Psychology), BS

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New College's Forensic Psychology, BS degree investigates the intersection of psychology and the law, specifically in the courtroom. Graduates of this program use their deep knoweldge of criminal law, behavior, mental disorders and legal decision-making to become expert witnesses in a court of law.

Forensic psychology is a fascinating career that combines psychology with the justice system. Forensic psychologists work with courts or legal teams, applying psychological theory and practice as required. Their understanding and explanations of psychological health can help advance court cases, inform juries, determine the reasons behind criminal activity, playing an integral role in the system.

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Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law. The concentration in forensic psychology within the BS program in psychology combines general training in psychology with specialized coursework in criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and legal decision-making.

When courts are faced with cases in which a psychology-related question arises, they may turn to psychologists and ask for help with the case. For example, psychologists might assist the court in understanding a criminal's mental state at the time of a crime or whether a particular jury might have been biased against a defendant based on his or her race. This is the realm of forensic psychology.

This program teaches students about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and helps them discover which roles they might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice or through graduate training.

The Bachelor of Science degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree in that it requires two additional lab courses and advanced statistical training. The Bachelor of Science program provides a greater depth of knowledge in the biological and neuroscientific aspects of psychology that are becoming increasingly important both for research and clinical forensic practice. In addition, the advanced statistical training further prepares students for careers and graduate training involving psychological research, clinical research and legal policy research.

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Psychology (Forensic Psychology), BS

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The Bachelor of Science degree program in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology prepares students for careers in the criminal justice and mental health fields. Many careers in psychology require graduate training, and this program also is designed to prepare students for master's degree and doctoral programs in legal, clinical and forensic psychology.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Clinical Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Counseling Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 10.5%$97,740
Psychiatrists 11.2%#
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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