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University Catalog 2012-2013 
University Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science Minor

Forensic Science represents the interface of science and the law. The minor is intended to complement a major in the natural sciences by introducing biology and chemistry students to the forensic perspective as it operates within and across justice system communities. However, students may also take select courses in the minor without formal enrollment in the program provided they have satisfied the course prerequisites. Prospective students should note that CRIM 414 stipulates 300 or 400 level prerequisites and CRIM 415 stipulates 300 level prerequisites. The CRIM 301 prerequisite for CRIM 305, CRIM 411, and CRIM 412 will be waived with permission from the instructor or the forensic science minor advisor.

The courses offered in the minor integrate the scientific concepts developed from the basic sciences to problems unique to the forensic sciences, including crime scene reconstruction, legal integrity of scientific evidence, expert testimony, and individualization. The curriculum covers several specializations, including forensic biology, forensic chemistry, microscopy, crime scene management and courtroom interpretation of evidence. Completion of the minor in Forensic Science requires a total of 32 units with a minimum C grade point average. At least 12 units of upper division courses must be taken in residence at CSULA.