Behavioral Sciences

School of Behavioral Sciences

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Course Requirements

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (57 units)

Core Requirements

CJS510 Legal Research & Reasoning

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS510-A A Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B113
Fall 2014 CJS510-B B Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B110
+

CJS520 Advanced Criminal Law

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)

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CJS530 Theories & Prspctves Crim Behav

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CJS530-A A Gamez, Ana 05/05/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
+

CJS560 Criminal Investigations

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CJS560-A A Hinrichs, Troy 05/05/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Yeager Center
B110
+

FPY500 Statistical Analysis I

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. Pre-requisite: BEH 383 or equivalent. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY500-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Sch Business Building
209
Fall 2014 FPY500-B B Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
375
+

FPY501 Statistical Analysis II

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)

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FPY505 Forensic Research Methods I

FPY505 Forensic Research Methods I

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. Prerequisite: BEH 385 or equivalent. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY505-B B Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B113
Fall 2014 FPY505-C C Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
375
+

FPY506 Forensics Research Methods II

FPY506 Forensics Research Methods II

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 and 505. (3 units; Spring)

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FPY510 Biological Bases of Behavior

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY510-A A Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Friday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM TBA
ONLN
+

FPY520 Criminal Profiling

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. (3 units; Spring)

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FPY530 Advanced Social Psychology

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 FPY530-B B Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 05/05/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
Summer 2014 FPY530-A A Durr, Jessica J. 05/05/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex
367
+

FPY535 Advcd Psychopatholgy & Crimnlty

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY535-B B Durr, Jessica J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex
181
Fall 2014 FPY535-A A Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex
376
+

FPY540 Forensic Psychology

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)

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FPY560 Forensic Practicum I

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY560-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B222
Fall 2014 FPY560-B B Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Wednesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
Array
+

FPY565 Forensic Practicum II

FPY565 Forensic Practicum II

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

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FPY570 Thesis I: Lit Rvw & Resrch Prop

FPY570 Thesis I: Lit Rvw & Resrch Prop

This course will introduce the student to the style and organization of the thesis requirement. Sections of the thesis to be developed will be the Abstract (a brief summary of both the problem or question and results); Introduction (a definition or description of the problem or question and a statement of the study's purpose and rationale); Methodology (information regarding the subject's mechanics and procedures of the project). Prerequisite: FPY 506. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY570-A A Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B222
Fall 2014 FPY570-B B Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
181
+

FPY575 Thesis II: Results & Discussion

FPY575 Thesis II: Results & Discussion

A continuation of FPY 570. Sections of the thesis to be developed will include: Results (this may include tables, figures statistical analysis, or qualitative narrative outcomes); Discussion (this section will include a cogent and critical analysis of the implications of the findings, as well as any conclusions which may be drawn); References (this will reflect careful review of the literature specific to the subject being studied); Appendices (this may include items such as letters, measurements, or other written materials used or analyzed in the study) Prerequisite FPY570. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Spring)

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FPY595 Special Topics

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY595-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM TBA
ONLN
+

PSY510 Human Growth and Development

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY510-D D Smith, Erin I. 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY510-A A Smith, Erin I. 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY510-C C Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 PSY510-B B Vazquez, Veola E. 09/02/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B252
+

Forensic Psychology Two Year Cycle

Year 1

Fall

CJS510 Legal Research & Reasoning

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CJS510-A A Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B113
Fall 2014 CJS510-B B Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B110
+

FPY500 Statistical Analysis I

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. Pre-requisite: BEH 383 or equivalent. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY500-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Sch Business Building
209
Fall 2014 FPY500-B B Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
375
+

FPY505 Forensic Research Methods I

FPY505 Forensic Research Methods I

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. Prerequisite: BEH 385 or equivalent. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY505-B B Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B113
Fall 2014 FPY505-C C Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
375
+

FPY535 Advcd Psychopatholgy & Crimnlty

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY535-B B Durr, Jessica J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex
181
Fall 2014 FPY535-A A Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex
376
+

Spring

CJS520 Advanced Criminal Law

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)

+

FPY501 Statistical Analysis II

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)

+

FPY506 Forensics Research Methods II

FPY506 Forensics Research Methods II

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 and 505. (3 units; Spring)

+

FPY540 Forensic Psychology

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)

+

Summer term

CJS530 Theories & Prspctves Crim Behav

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CJS530-A A Gamez, Ana 05/05/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
+

CJS560 Criminal Investigations

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CJS560-A A Hinrichs, Troy 05/05/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Yeager Center
B110
+

FPY530 Advanced Social Psychology

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 FPY530-B B Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 05/05/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
Summer 2014 FPY530-A A Durr, Jessica J. 05/05/2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex
367
+

Year 2

Fall

FPY510 Biological Bases of Behavior

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY510-A A Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth_Ann 09/02/2014 Friday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM TBA
ONLN
+

FPY560 Forensic Practicum I

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY560-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B222
Fall 2014 FPY560-B B Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Wednesday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
Array
+

FPY570 Thesis I: Lit Rvw & Resrch Prop

FPY570 Thesis I: Lit Rvw & Resrch Prop

This course will introduce the student to the style and organization of the thesis requirement. Sections of the thesis to be developed will be the Abstract (a brief summary of both the problem or question and results); Introduction (a definition or description of the problem or question and a statement of the study's purpose and rationale); Methodology (information regarding the subject's mechanics and procedures of the project). Prerequisite: FPY 506. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY570-A A Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B222
Fall 2014 FPY570-B B Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Thursday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex
181
+

PSY510 Human Growth and Development

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY510-D D Smith, Erin I. 09/02/2014 Monday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY510-A A Smith, Erin I. 09/02/2014 Monday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY510-C C Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 PSY510-B B Vazquez, Veola E. 09/02/2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center
B252
+

Spring

FPY520 Criminal Profiling

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. (3 units; Spring)

+

FPY565 Forensic Practicum II

FPY565 Forensic Practicum II

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

+

FPY575 Thesis II: Results & Discussion

FPY575 Thesis II: Results & Discussion

A continuation of FPY 570. Sections of the thesis to be developed will include: Results (this may include tables, figures statistical analysis, or qualitative narrative outcomes); Discussion (this section will include a cogent and critical analysis of the implications of the findings, as well as any conclusions which may be drawn); References (this will reflect careful review of the literature specific to the subject being studied); Appendices (this may include items such as letters, measurements, or other written materials used or analyzed in the study) Prerequisite FPY570. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Spring)

+

FPY595 Special Topics

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FPY595-A A Gamez, Ana 09/02/2014 Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM TBA
ONLN
+