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.

Coursework & Duration

Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits
FS202 Forensic Anthropology (cross listed as AN 202) 3 credits
FS347 Forensic Applied Microbiology 2 credits
FS361 Analytical Chemistry—Forensic Focus 4 credits
FS366 Principles of Analytical Chemistry—Forensic Focus 4 credits
FS376 Instrumental Analysis—Forensic Focus 4 credits
FS399 Independent Study in Forensic Science 1-3 credits
FS400 Forensic Science Internship 3-6 credits
FS410 Principles of Forensic Pathology (cross-listed as BS 410) 2 credits
FS467 Forensic Molecular Genetics 3 credits
FS475 Forensic Molecular Biology 2 credits
FS499 Directed Research in Forensic Science  1-3 credits 
BS440 Environmental Toxicology 3 credits 
PC401 Toxicology I 4 credits
PC402 Toxicology II 4 credits 
BS466 Genetics 4 credits 
CH444/445 Biochemistry Lab I and II 1 credit each
BS240 Basics of Microbiology 4 credits 
BS241 Microbiology 4 credits 
BS355  Clinical Immunology 3 credits
ST310 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
Appropriate Special Topics courses approved by the director of forensic science in advance (Credits: 1–4)

Required of all students

Course Number Course Name Credits
For Analytical Chemistry as a general topic:
CH361 Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
FS361 Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Science 3 credits
CH366 Principles of Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
FS366 Principles of Analytical Chemistry, Fornesic Science 3 credits 
CH363 Analyical Chemistry Lab 1 credit
Course Number Course Name Credits
For Biochemistry as a general topic:
CH341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry 3 credits
CH340 Survey of Biochemistry 3 credits
CH346 Biochemistry 4 credits

Requirements & Expectations

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.

Contact:

Fred Schaefer, PhD 

Address:

Office Location: Griffith Hall, Room 222A 
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8842

Email:

f.schaefer@usciences.edu