Minor in Forensic Science Investigation

The minor in forensic science investigation provides an overview of the importance of forensic science evidence in the criminal justice system. Students learn about:

  • the rules and procedures of evidence pertaining to admissibility of scientific and physical material;
  • the basic methods of collection, preservation and analysis of evidence; and
  • the methods of presentation of evidence in court.

This minor is designed for students planning to work for law enforcement agencies to better understand the importance and types of forensic science evidence in criminal investigations. It is not designed for students who plan to work in a crime laboratory or in jobs requiring in-depth scientific analysis of evidence. Those students interested in forensic science will need to obtain a degree (preferably at the graduate level) in the natural sciences. Grades of "C" or better required for all CRIM courses.

Required 1
BIOL 2010Major Concepts In Biology3
CHEM 1100Chemistry And Society3
CHEM 1150Chemistry And Society Laboratory1
CRIM 2210Criminal Investigation I3
CRIM 2220Laws Of Evidence3
CRIM 3290Criminal Investigation II3
CRIM 4940Criminal Justice Internships3
EXSC 1560Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology3
EXSC 1460Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology Lab1
Total Hours23

Students will be responsible for meeting all of the prerequisites and co-requisites for the required courses in the minor.