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.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Forensic Psychology, B.S.
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
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.
What You’ll Learn
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behavior. In forensic psychology, the insights and tools of psychology are applied in the realm of criminal justice, including everything from the psychological evaluation of individual defendants to the study of criminal behavior more broadly.
In Vermont State’s Forensic Psychology bachelor’s degree program, you’ll start with the same courses required for the major in psychology and gain a broad understanding of foundational concepts in the discipline.
Then, you’ll choose several options from a set of courses focused specifically on the forensic setting, including Police Psychology, Criminal Behavior, and Psychology & Law, that will build your knowledge in this sub-discipline.
In your final year, you’ll have the option to complete an internship for real-world experience in the field or an independent project to build advanced research skills in preparation for further study.
In the final year of the program, you’ll apply what you are learning outside the classroom through either an internship or an independent research project. Faculty will work closely with you to tailor your senior experience to your interests and future goals.
Past internship placements have included Vermont Police Departments, the Vermont Department of Corrections, law offices, and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office, among others.
Students have completed research projects examining rape culture on campus, recidivism in the criminal justice system, and topics related to addiction.
We have a learning lab space that we are currently outfitting with equipment to collect physiological data such as heart rate, electroencephalograms, etc. to expand the research possibilities available to you. This lab also includes a virtual reality setup to experiment with emerging uses of this technology in the field of forensics.