Forensics Minor

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The forensics minor provides students with the opportunity to explore the different components of forensics through the interdisciplinary study of biology, psychology, sociology, and justice studies. This well-rounded curriculum will enable students to build upon their interests in justice studies by specializing in an area of increasing importance. Students must receive a grade of a C- or better for a course to count toward the minor requirements. Once students have decided to pursue the minor, they are required to meet with the coordinator, academic counselor, or appropriate affiliated faculty adviser at least once per semester for regular review and assessment of their program, learning outcomes, and progress toward the degree.

The forensic minor requires five courses (20 credits) drawn from a list of approved courses. The five courses include:

Introductory Courses
JUST 401Introduction to Justice Studies4
BIOL 420Introduction to Forensic Sciences4
Additional Courses
Select three of the following:12
Special Topics (Introduction to Forensic Anthropology)
Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime
Forensic Psychology 1
Introductory Criminology
Total Credits20

If JUST 591 Forensic Psychology or PSYC 591 Special Topics is not being offered, you may take PSYC 755 Psychology and Law, or PSYC 756 Psychology of Crime and Justice, in its place.

Two courses can double count toward your justice studies dual major. These courses are most commonly JUST 401 Introduction to Justice Studies, and SOC 515 Introductory Criminology.