Forensic Psychology, B.S.

Learn to apply the tools of psychological science in the dynamic context of the legal system with a B.S. in Forensic Psychology from Vermont State University. You’ll develop a broad base in core courses shared with the psychology major and then develop area expertise through electives on topics like criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, and correctional psychology.

Choose an internship for in-depth experience in the criminal justice system or complete an independent research project under expert faculty guidance to prepare for advanced studies. Your degree will serve as a foundation for careers in clinical forensic psychology, law enforcement, corrections, victim advocacy, academic research, and the practice of law.

*See also Psychological Science.

*See also Applied Psychology & Human Services. 

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Why Study Forensic Psychology at Vermont State?

  • Unique Opportunity: Get a head start in building your career. Few schools offer forensic psychology at the undergraduate level; Starting now lets you explore your direction and focus your preparation for what’s next. 
  • Affordable: Take advantage of one of the most affordable tuition rates in the region. If you’re living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or New Hampshire, our program is eligible for the NEBHE Tuition Break program, making Vermont State competitive with local alternatives.  
  • Accelerated Program: Save both time and money. It’s possible to complete the major in as little as three years, including summer coursework.  
  • Flexible Location: This program shares several requirements with our B.S. in Psychological Science, which means many of your courses will be available at both our Castleton and Johnson campuses. 
  • Research Option: Explore a question that interests you under faculty mentorship in an independent research project. You might even publish your results or present a paper at a conference. This is an unusual opportunity at the undergraduate level and can give you a competitive edge when applying to graduate programs.  

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Sample Courses

  • Forensic Psychology 
  • History of Psychology in a Diverse World 
  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • Criminal Behavior 

Student Stories

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“The forensic psychology department stood out from other schools as being the best program to prepare me not only for graduate school but my future career.”

Mikayla Shaw

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