Forensic Science - Undergraduate Minor

Forensic Science is the application of principles and techniques of scientific analysis in a legal context. Forensic scientists study physical evidence to resolve issues involving criminal investigations, environment analyses and similar areas of research.

A student must pass 18 credits with a grade of C- or higher from the following curriculum to earn the Forensic Science minor. No courses may be taken S/U. Students must take at least 6 credits from departments outside their major(s). At least 9 credits in any minor must be upper division. Students must register in the minor before enrolling in any upper division Criminal Justice courses.

The following curriculum represents minimum requirements for a minor. Students interested in a career in Forensic Science are encouraged to take additional courses from those listed below.

The Forensic Minor requires courses from three sections: (1) 6 credits from the list of Core Courses; (2) 3 credits from an additional course not already completed; and (3) 9 credits from one of the four tracks listed below.

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Criminal Procedural Law3
Law of Evidence3
Criminal Investigation and Intelligence3
Forensic Law3
Forensic Physics4
Additional Course
Select 3 credits from areas I or II above not already completed.3
Track Courses
9 credits from one of the four tracks (see below)9
Total Credits18

Track A: Laboratory Analysis

Students should check the catalog to ensure that they have taken prerequisites before enrolling in these courses.

Prefix Title Credits
Select one from the following:4-5
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
4
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
Select 4-5 credits from the following:4-5
Physiology of Humans
and Laboratory of Human Physiology
4
Biochemistry I3
Biochemistry II3
Analytical Chemistry4
Basic Toxicology3
Toxicology I3
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Total Credits8-10

Track B: Human Forensic Analysis

Honors, Special Topics, or Independent Studies courses if approved by Academic Head, Department of Criminal Justice.

Prefix Title Credits
Select 9 credits from the following: 19
Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Human's Place in Nature Laboratory
4
Introduction to Archaeology3
Physical Anthropology3
Medical Anthropology3
Intermediate Archaelogical Field School2-6
Human Osteology 23
Zooarchaeology3
Total Credits9

Track C: Forensic Psychology

Students should check the catalog to ensure that they have taken prerequisites before enrolling in these courses.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
Select three from the following:9
Principles of Behavior
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Personality3
Sexual Behavior3
Psychology and the Law3
Evolutionary Psychology3
Psychological Treatment
Abnormal Psychology3
Clinical Psychology3
Psychology and the Justice System3
Total Credits9

Track D: General

Prefix Title Credits
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Human Osteology 13
Criminal Procedural Law3
Law of Evidence3
Criminal Investigation and Intelligence3
Psychology and the Justice System3
Forensic Law3
Psychology and the Law 13
Forensic Physics4
Total Credits9