Forensic Studies Minor
- Curriculum and Requirements
- Advantages to the Minor
- Careers Related to the Minor
- Steps to Complete the Minor
- Meet with an Advisor
The Forensic Studies Minor is a non-science minor offered by the Justice Studies Department and the Forensic Science Program. The Minor is primarily designed for students interested in crime scene investigation, and its purpose is to provide formal academic training in this area.
- evaluation, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence
- the requirements of the forensic laboratory
- forensic analytical processes and methods
- limitations of physical evidence
- scientific thinking
- probative value of evidence in court
The Forensic Studies Minor allows students to take Forensic Science courses without the heavy chemistry and biology course load of the major.
Students are responsible for meeting (or getting waived by instructor) any prerequisite courses. Proper planning and advising will ensure that students graduate when intended. Students are highly encouraged to meet with a department advisor during posted office hours.
- Visit the catalog website for current degree requirements
- Download the Forensic Studies Minor Form [pdf]
Required Lower Division Coursework
Students must have completed their lower division coursework to enroll in many of the courses in the Forensic Studies Minor. There may also be prerequisites that must be taken before students will be able to enroll in substantive elective courses.
Students interested in the minor should register for FS 11, complete their lower division coursework, and complete their major's 100W requirement.
The Forensic Studies Minor has practical applications in areas such as:
- computer science
- law (enforcement)
Providing a potentially useful credential for students pursuing careers or scholarship in these fields. For example, anthropology majors could use their forensic studies training when excavating clandestine gravesites and documenting human remains; Justice Studies majors could apply their Forensic Studies training when evaluating physical evidence in police work or court rooms; Nursing majors could use the credential in the fairly modern field of forensic nursing, in which nurses in hospitals play a major role documenting injuries and collecting forensic evidence.
- Biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries
- Crime scene investigation
- Forensic science/Criminalistics
- Law and related fields
- Declare the Forensic Studies Minor
- Take the Classes
- Enroll in courses as specified by the Forensic Studies Minor Form [pdf] and log course completions on form.
- When selecting substantive elective courses in the minor, we encourage students to choose courses that also fulfill other university requirements.
- Apply for Graduation
- Submit a completed Forensic Studies Minor Form [pdf] and unofficial transcripts to a Forensic Science advisor.
- Students should complete this process at the same time they apply for graduation with their major. The Forensic Studies Minor Form [pdf] must be approved by the Department of Justice Studies.
The Forensic Studies Minor Coordinator, Professor Mary Juno, is the Department of Justice Studies' designee to lead advising for the minor. She helps students find opportunities that suit the students' interests in Forensic Studies.
Contact Professor Mary Juno if you are interested in declaring the Forensic Studies Minor or if you have additional questions.