Forensic Studies

Contact: Brenda Young, Natural Sciences Department; Denise Emer, Psychology Department

Forensic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers and graduate work in forensic science, forensic psychology and criminal justice. A minor in Forensic Studies requires a minimum of 17 credits of specialized coursework from the natural sciences, government and psychology. Students should select particular courses suited to their career plans in consultation with their advisor. A specialization in Forensic Science is offered with the B.S. in Natural Science for those students who would like to pursue graduate study or employment in the scientific application of forensics.

Forensic science course listings appear in the Natural Sciences section of the Catalog. Program details are available from the Natural Sciences and Psychology departments, or from the Office of the Registrar.

Requirements for the Minor: (17 credits)

  • FOR210 Criminalistics (3)
  • PSY223 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • Select one

    • CHE112/L Introduction to Forensic Chemistry lecture/lab (3/1)
    • PHY125/L Forensic Physics lecture/ lab (4/0)
  • Select a minimum of 7 credits from the following:

    • BIO/FOR334/L Forensic Entomology lecture/lab (4/0)
    • BIO316/L Anatomy & Physiology lecture/lab (3/1)*
    • PSC230 U.S. Judicial Process (3)
    • PSC305 American Constitutional Law (3)
    • PSY311 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • PSY404 Biological Bases of Behavior (3) 
    • PSY408 The Psychology of Mental Illness (3)
    • SOC209 Social Problems (3)
    • SOC/SW217 Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & other Addictions (3)
    • Select 3 credits from the following:
      • Career Field Experience
      • NSC Research Problems
      • other relevant credit-bearing experience as determined by the Natural Sciences Chair

* Students may substitute either BIO330/L General Anatomy Lecture and Lab, or BIO340/L General Physiology  Lecture and  Lab

N.B.: Some of the courses included in this minor may have prerequisites. Consult the Schedules of Courses Offerings and/or the College Catalogue for such information.

Recommended Courses

In addition to completion of the 17 required credits, students are encouraged to complete the following:

  • Select one

    • CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3)
    • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3)
  • Select one

    • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3)
    • NSC310 Biostatistics (3)
    • PSY333 Statistics for Psychology and Social Sciences (3)
  • FOR101 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
  • PSC117 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3)

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