2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Behavioral Forensics Certificate

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College of Sciences
Department of Psychology
Psychology Building (PSY), 301


Senior Lecturer: Dr. Karen Mottarella

This certificate must be completed along with a bachelor’s degree program of study. Certificates will be awarded only at the time of degree completion. The Behavioral Forensics Certificate is an interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on ways society attempts to recognize and deal with various forms of criminal behavior. The certificate exposes students to the practice of psychology within the legal system, including topics such as confidentiality, competency, and insanity. Students should view this certificate only as a way to shape and organize their coursework in this particular area of study; the certificate shows potential graduate schools and employers that students have been exposed to behavioral forensics.

Certificate Admission Requirements

  • None

Certificate Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses used to satisfy the certificate.
  • Grades below “C” (2.0) in lower level courses are not accepted.
  • At least 12 hours used in the certificate must be earned at UCF.

Prerequisite Courses (12 Credit Hours)

  • Most courses for this certificate will have prerequisites completed as a part of a student’s GEP requirement, as general electives, or a student can enroll into courses with consent of instructor.

Take all of the following: (6 Credit Hours)

Take all of the following: (6 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Complete all:

Restricted Electives (12 Credit Hours)

  • Note: It is the student’s responsibility to meet all prerequisites for every course selected

Psychology: Select from the following: (3 Credit Hours)

Sociology: Select from the following: (6 Credit Hours)

Foreign Language Requirements

  • None

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 33

Other Requirements

  • No credit by exam (TSD, Military credit) may be used.
  • Internship, Co-op, or Independent Study credit cannot be used toward the certificate without prior consent.
  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.

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