Courses

Core Requirements

CJS510 Legal Research & Reasoning

This course provides an introduction to legal research methods, including state and federal reported cases, digests, annotated codes, state and federal administrative regulations, and computerized legal research, as well as an introduction to the writing of case briefs and memoranda. This course is also an advanced examination of aspects of evidence acquisition, evaluation, and preservation with special consideration of the legal context including its use in the trial process. This course is designed to provide additional insights concerning the proper use of evidence and its admissibility. (3 units; Fall)

CJS510-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/04/2018 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 190
CJS510-B
Hinrichs, Troy
09/04/2018 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 190

CJS520 Advanced Criminal Law

Graduate level course on the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using California and federal statutes as illustrations; defenses to criminal responsibility; criminal responsibility. (3 units; Spring)

CJS520-A
Hinrichs, Troy
01/09/2019 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
CJS520-B
Hinrichs, Troy
01/09/2019 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

CJS530 Theories & Prspctves Crim Behav

A study in the traditional and theoretical schools of criminology. Theories relating to individual abnormality and theories relating to cultural influences are examined. Theories of the causes of delinquency and data on delinquent behavior including gangs, minor and major criminal actions and methods of correction are also covered. (3 units; Summer)

CJS530-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2019 Th 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

CJS560 Criminal Investigations

This course will examine elements of criminal investigation, including crime scene preservation, evidence collection and interviewing. To bring these two topics (investigation and report writing) together, students will also be exposed to various concepts of criminal law, search and seizure and police procedures. (3 units; Summer)

CJS560-A
Hinrichs, Troy
05/06/2019 M 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

FPY500 Statistical Analysis I

This course introduces graduate students to univariate and bivariate statistical analysis. The course will review linear correlations, reliability analyses, independent t-tests, dependent t-tests, one way ANOVA, factorial ANOVA, linear regression, and chi-squares statistics. (3 units; Fall)

FPY500-A
Gamez, Ana
09/04/2018 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM BUS 209
FPY500-B
Gamez, Ana
09/04/2018 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 209

FPY501 Statistical Analysis II

This course introduces graduate students to multivariate statistics, overview of univariate and bivariate statistics, screening of data including issues of normality, linearity, homoscedasticity, multiple regression, canonical correlations, analysis of covariance, multiple analysis of variance and covariance, profile analysis, logistic regression, principle components and factor analysis, and introduction to structural equation modeling. Prerequisite: FPY 500. (3 units; Spring)

FPY501-B
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2019 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
FPY501-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

FPY505 Qualitative Fornsc Rsrch Methods

This course examines the nature of the research process emphasizing the formulation of investigative questions and testable hypotheses. The course reviews qualitative methods of data collection, data analysis and report writing. Within a small group setting, students and professors will design and implement field research from topic selection to publication submission. (3 units; Fall)

FPY505-A
Snow, Leah Beth
09/04/2018 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM BUS 209
FPY505-B
Snow, Leah Beth
09/04/2018 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B113

FPY506 Quantitatve Fornsc Rsrch Methods

This course examines the nature of the research process emphasizing the formulation of investigative questions and testable hypotheses. This course reviews quantitative methods of data collection, data analysis and report writing. Within a small group setting, students and professors will design and implement field research from topic selection to publication submission. Prerequisites: FPY 500. (3 units; Spring)

FPY506-A
Larsen, Anne-Marie
01/09/2019 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
FPY506-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

FPY510 Biological Bases of Behavior

This course examines the biological bases of behavior and learning through the lifespan, including the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, brain development, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, psychopharmacology and temperament. (3 units; Fall)

FPY510-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/04/2018 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 190
FPY510-B
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/04/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B252

FPY520 Criminal Profiling

This course is meant to teach graduate students the fundamentals of reconstructing the serial offenders' motives and intent through examination of psychological evidence left by perpetrators at crime scenes. This course incorporates a multifaceted approach to psychological profiling utilizing criminal investigative skills, social psychological principles, and advanced research methodology. Prerequisites: CJS 530, 560, FPY540 and either FPY 535 or PSY 535. (3 units; Spring)

FPY520-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
01/09/2019 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
FPY520-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

FPY530 Advanced Social Psychology

Survey of theory, method, and research results in areas of social psychology, such as attitude formation and change, social perception/ cognition, impression formation, social influence, interpersonal attraction and relationships, aggression and pro-social behavior, and group dynamics. Application in areas such as criminal behavior, legal settings, or neurobehavioral psychology will also be included. (3 units; Summer)

FPY530-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2019 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

FPY535 Advcd Psychopatholgy & Crimnlty

Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress and maladaptive developments with an emphasis on psychopathy and criminality.(3 units; Fall)

FPY535-B
Larsen, Anne-Marie
09/04/2018 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B251
FPY535-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/04/2018 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 166

FPY540 Forensic Psychology

This course covers relevant laws and ethical issues affecting forensic psychologists practicing in California. It is designed to instill a broad understanding of the issues/areas within the field of forensic psychology. This broad understanding will include the areas of psychology, law, criminal justice, and forensic mental health. Students will be given the opportunity to gain this basic knowledge and will be expected to critically analyze theories, policies, research, and practices within the field of forensic psychology. (3 units; Spring)

FPY540-A
Roth, Erica M.
01/09/2019 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
FPY540-B
Roth, Erica M.
01/09/2019 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

FPY560 Forensic Practicum I

This course will serve as a supplement to the student’s academic and field placement experience. Within a small group setting, students and professors will discuss issues and linkages between their academic work and their field placement experience. This may best be described as a weekly, small group supervision process allowing students to concretize theoretical models utilized within the culture of forensic practice. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall)

FPY560-A
Gamez, Ana
09/04/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 192
FPY560-B
Gamez, Ana
09/04/2018 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 192

FPY565 Forensic Practicum II

A continuation of Forensic Practicum I. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Spring)

FPY565-A
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2019 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
FPY565-B
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2019 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

FPY595 Special Topics

This course is designed to be an in-depth seminar on a selected topic within Forensic Psychology. Course is repeatable for a total of nine units with a change of topic. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

FPY595-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/04/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
FPY595-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2019 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM TBA ONLN

FPY596 Forensic Evaluation I

This course prepares the student for a culminating project - either a thesis or comprehensive evaluation of progress. Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: FPY 506 and department permission. (3 units; Fall)

FPY596-D
Roth, Erica M.
09/04/2018 - Instructor OFFC
FPY596-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/04/2018 - Instructor OFFC
FPY596-C
Larsen, Anne-Marie
09/04/2018 - Instructor OFFC
FPY596-B
Gamez, Ana
09/04/2018 - Instructor OFFC

PSY510 Human Growth and Development

A study of the developmental cycle of the human organism from a cognitive, psychological, sociological, and moral perspective. Emphasis is placed on theories and research related to child development. (3 units; Fall)

PSY510-C
Kamara, Robin Edwina
09/04/2018 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191
PSY510-A
White-Biggers, Gail Ann
09/04/2018 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B259
PSY510-D
White-Biggers, Gail Ann
09/04/2018 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B259
PSY510-B
Vazquez, Veola E.
09/04/2018 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 192

Final Requirement

Choose one of the following options:

FPY597 Thesis

This course requires the student to engage in the preparation, evaluation, development, and presentation of research in forensic psychology culminating in a thesis. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: FPY 596. (3 units; Spring)

FPY597-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
01/09/2019 - Instructor OFFC
FPY597-B
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2019 - Instructor OFFC
FPY597-C
Larsen, Anne-Marie
01/09/2019 - Instructor OFFC
FPY597-D
Hinrichs, Troy
01/09/2019 - Instructor OFFC

FPY598 Forensic Evaluation II

This course is designed to provide an in-depth review of the core competencies that are required to demonstrate the ability to practice forensic psychology with in the acceptable standards of the profession. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: FPY 596. (3 units; Spring)

FPY598-A
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
01/09/2019 - Instructor OFFC

Thesis/Comprehensive Exam Requirement

The Thesis is a traditional academic research paper and should be completed concurrent with the student's last semester of the program. Students should contact the program director for details regarding the selection of the committee and the procedure for approval. Students graduating from the non-thesis track will be required to successfully complete a seven (7) hour written comprehensive examination. Information regarding content and format of the examination may be obtained from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Forensic Practicum

Students will complete a nine month practicum where they will receive practical experience and on-site supervision in a forensic setting related to their individual interests and career goals (e.g., rape crisis center, Department of Children and Family Services Counseling Center, juvenile court, metropolitan and county law enforcement agencies, probation departments, California Department of Prisons). The two-semester practicum requirement occurs in the last year of the program.

Practicum Admission

Admission to practicum will be a faculty decision based on grades, evaluation of the practicum application, and placement approval. A written appeal process will be instituted in the event that a student is not considered ready for practicum.