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Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

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Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

Work in the Intersection of Psychology and Law

The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology is offered through the LSU Department of Psychology and the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. This degree enhances students’ higher-level critical thinking and analytical skills while providing a survey of both the psychology and forensic science fields.

Students will gain foundational knowledge of human behaviors and psychological disorders, the integration of psychology and law, and the psychological approaches to understanding cognition. Graduates can find careers as criminal and civil investigators, forensic interviewers, peer support specialists, judicial assistants, and more.

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Diverse Skill Set

Earn a degree that combines psychology with criminal justice.

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Esteemed Degree

LSU is the only flagship university to offer a BS in Psychology with a forensic focus.

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Become Career-Ready

Enter the rapidly growing field of forensic science with confidence.

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Notable Faculty

Learn from the same award-winning faculty that teach on-campus courses.

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The online B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in ​Forensic Psychology provides students with the knowledge and experience needed to be competitive for entry-level positions in social service analysis, victim advocacy, and administrative positions with relevant non-profit organizations. The program can also help students develop a portfolio for graduate study that leads to forensics-related careers, such as entering the police academy, behavioral health programs with an emphasis on working with justice-involved populations, and ​master's programs in forensic psychology.

Raymond P. Tucker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

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Cost Online Forensic Psychology

The final cost of this program is determined after all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. For the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSU degree.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $399

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,970

Total cost with fees: $47,880

LSU Online also offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn More

*For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Forensic Psychology

The full degree requires 120 credits to earn your degree with 28 approved electives. 

Your personal credit requirements could be less depending on transferable credits and credit earned from prior learning assessments.

General Education (44 credits)

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 1001 3
ENGL 2000 3
Gen Ed Arts 3
Gen Ed Analytical Reasoning 1 3
Gen Ed Analytical Reasoning 2 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences 1 (Physical Science 1) 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences 2 (Physical Science 2) 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences Lab 2
Gen Ed Natural Sciences 3 (Life Science 1) 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences 4 (Life Science 2)  3
Gen Ed Social Science 1*  3
Gen Ed Social Science 2* 3
Gen Ed Humanities 1 (History 1) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 2 (History 2) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3 (Literature) 3

*Must be in two departments other than Psychology. 

Foreign Language (14 credits)

Course Credit Hours
SPAN 1101: Elementary Spanish 4
SPAN 1102: Elementary Spanish 4
SPAN 2101: Intermediate Spanish 3
SPAN 2102: Intermediate Spanish 3

Psychology Basics (16 credits)

Course Credit Hours
PSYC 2000: Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2005: Introduction to the Psychology Major 1
PSYC 2016: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
PSYC 2017: Research Methods in Psychology** 4
PSYC 4005: Psychology Capstone** 1
PSYC 4008: History of Modern Psychology** 3

** Requires a 2.5 LSU and cumulative GPA to enroll. 

Forensic Psychology Concentration (12 credits)

Course Credit Hours
PSYC 2040: Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2080: Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSYC 3082: Introduction to Psychological Disorders 3
PSYC 4043: Race and Psychology 3

Approved Psychology Electives (6 credits)

Course Credit Hours
PSYC 3050: Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSYC 4070: Developmental Psychology 3

Approved Electives (28 credits)

In consultation with their academic advisor, students will select any courses offered through LSU Online and the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences to fulfill the 28 approved elective credits. At least 14 of the 28 credits must be taken at the 3000/4000 level. Students also may not use more than three additional hours of MATH credits below 1530, no more than 8 hours of KIN activity courses, no more than 12 hours of ROTC credits, and no more than 24 hours from outside of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences toward their approved electives.

Admission Requirements Online Forensic Psychology

First Time Freshman

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • LSU is a test-optional institution which means applicants will have the choice to select if they wish to have their ACT or SAT scores considered for admission. Click here to learn more!

Transfer Student General Admission Requirements

  • 30* or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • 2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level Math course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken

*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.

To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES.

Re-Entry Student Admission Requirements
Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.5 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college-specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.

If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications, please reach out to your Enrollment Coach team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.

Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:

Option 1
Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.

Option 2
Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.

For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.

Career Opportunities Online Forensic Psychology

  • Criminal Investigator 
  • Civil Investigator
  • Forensic Interviewer
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Judicial Assistant

Why Choose This Program? Online Forensic Psychology

Why choose LSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology?

LSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology degree program is taught by experienced, highly-qualified faculty. The program is also 100% online, making it convenient for non-traditional students and working professionals. Graduates of this program will have the flexibility to work in both criminal and civil courts, and they will be prepared for a greater variety of careers in the field.

What Will I Learn? Online Forensic Psychology

Students who graduate with an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology degree will be prepared to pursue careers in the psychology and forensic science fields or continue their studies in a graduate psychology program.

Topics covered in this degree include: 

  • Understanding, prediction, and control of human behavior
  • Computation and elementary theory relating to basic statistical techniques
  • Techniques and logic underlying standard research methodology in psychology
  • Cultural forces affecting attitudes, social learning, perception, and communication of individuals and groups
  • The lifespan view of developmental psychology
  • Psychological disorders

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