Jul 15, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor in Forensic Science

Location(s): Main Campus

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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 4140 stipulates 3000 or 4000 level prerequisites and CRIM 4150 stipulates 2000, 3000, and 4000 level prerequisites. The CRIM 2080 and 3010 prerequisites for CRIM 4110, and CRIM 4120 will be waived with permission from the instructor or the forensic science minor advisor. Students should also note that they may choose either CRIM 4140 or CRIM 4150 depending on the semester offered to satisfy the forensic science minor requirements.

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, crime scene management and courtroom interpretation of evidence. Completion of the minor in Forensic Science requires a total of 12 units. Students enrolled in the minor must earn a “C” or higher in all minor courses to meet the curriculum requirements of the minor program. Students who receive a “C-” or lower in the same course twice will be withdrawn from the minor program.


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