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Forensic Science Minor

Forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal cases, using scientific investigation to determine the facts and ultimately lead investigators to the truth. Through this exciting and rewarding career, your love of science can be applied to public health and safety, while also contributing to the good of society.

Forensic science requires solid education in the sciences, biology, chemistry and mathematics. This instruction prepares you for careers in the various branches of forensic science such as criminal investigation, pathology, physical anthropology, toxicology, as well as, the behavioral sciences. This rich education also prepares students for wide-ranging careers in public health or the law. According to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the strength of a forensic scientist lies in the quality of the scientific education.

Students must take a minimum of 18 credits to complete the forensic science minor. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Required of all students

  • FS 201 Forensic Analysis I (Credits: 4)
  • SO 304 Crime and Society (cross-listed as FS 304) (Credits: 3)
  • One of the following choices:
    • CH 361 Analytical Chemistry (Credits: 3)
      and CH 363 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (Credit: 1)
    • CH 341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry (Credits: 3)
    • CH 366 Principles of Analytical Chemistry, (Credits: 3)


  • FS 202 Forensic Anthropology (cross listed as AN 202) (Credits: 3)
  • FS 347 Forensic Applied Microbiology (Credits: 2)
  • FS 361 Analytical Chemistry—Forensic Focus (Credits: 4)
  • FS 366 Principles of Analytical Chemistry—Forensic Focus (Credits: 4)
  • FS 376 Instrumental Analysis—Forensic Focus (Credits: 4)
  • FS 399 Independent Study in Forensic Science (Credits: 1–3)
  • FS 400 Forensic Science Internship (Credits: 3–6)
  • FS 410 Principles of Forensic Pathology (cross-listed as BS 410) (Credits: 2)
  • FS 467 Genetics in Forensic Science (Credits: 2)
  • FS 475 Forensic Molecular Biology (Credits: 2)
  • FS 499 Directed Research in Forensic Science (Credits: 1–3)
  • BS 440 Environmental Toxicology (Credits: 3)
  • PC 401 Toxicology I (Credits: 4)
  • PC 402 Toxicology II (Credits: 4)
  • BS 466 Genetics (Credits: 4)
  • CH 444/445 Biochemistry Lab I and II (Credits: 1 each)
  • BS 240 Basics of Microbiology (Credits: 4)
  • BS 241 Microbiology (Credits: 4)
  • BS 355 Clinical Immunology Credits: 3
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics Credits: 3
  • Appropriate Special Topics courses approved by the director of forensic science in advance (Credits: 1–4)
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