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2022-2023 Catalogue

Forensic Science

Minor in Forensic Science. Forensic issues are increasingly informed by those who are trained to objectively apply scientific procedures in criminal investigations and prosecutions. This can include the steps necessary for DNA analysis and interpretation, the identification of trace elements from a crime scene, or an understanding of the proper composition required for an unbiased lineup. The Forensic Science minor brings together courses across a variety of scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, and psychology. Although any student could complete the minor, it is expected that students who have a major in biology, chemistry or psychology will be most likely to do so; having this minor could increase marketability for students interested in working in forensic science areas.

Minor requirements: The Forensic Science minor requires 28 hours of course work, as shown below:

BIO 110 Principles of Biology I: Biological Processes (4 hours)
BIO 112 Principles of Biology II: Diversity of Biological Systems (4 hours)
BIO/FSC 345 Forensic Biology (4 hours)
CHM 100 Introduction to Chemistry: Chemistry of Life or CHM 101 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
CHM/FSC 225 Forensic Chemistry (3 hours)
PSY 101 General Psychology (3 hours)
PSY 260 Drugs and Behavior (3 hours)
PSY/FSC 330 Forensic Psychology (3 hours)

Students minoring in Forensic Science are encouraged to complete MAT 220 (Statistics) and CHM 102 (General Chemistry II) in addition to the minor. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with their advisors to develop a PDE related to this minor.

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