University Bulletin 2022-23

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Minor in Forensic Science

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If a minor is required in your degree program, at least 9 (lower and/or upper-division) hours of courses in the minor must be completed at the University.

Minor Requirements Course Title Credit Hours
All forensic science minors must take the following core courses: 13
AN 250 Forensic Anthropology  
CH 201/CH 201L, or CH 265/CH 265L Organic Chemistry I or Introductory Analysis  
CJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(formerly CJ 205: Introduction to Criminal Justice)
CJ 223 Introduction to Forensic Science (formerly CJ 423: Criminalistics)  
All forensic science minors must select two of the following upper-division courses* 6
AN 335 Field Work in Archaeology  
AN 365 Human Osteology  
BLY 302 Genetics  
BLY 354 General Entomology  
CH 440 Biochemistry I  
CH 465 Instrumental Analysis  
CJ 332 Criminal Law  
CJ 360 Theories of Offending  
CJ 380 Drugs and Crime  
CJ 422 Criminal Investigations  
PSY 425 Mental Health and Law  
*Students must take at least one upper division course outside of their major discipline.  


Forensic Science Administrative Staff  
Co-Directors Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin

Forensic Science at USA is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to gain foundation-level exposure to the various social and physical sciences from which forensic applications are derived. Students will acquire broad-based knowledge and skills in a combination of areas such as chemistry, anthropology, criminal justice and biology.

The minor is designed to prepare students for future graduate education or job training in specialized fields within forensic science, including the search for and recovery of human remains, human identification, crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and laboratory analyses. Although all students at USA are welcome to minor in FS, the minor will be especially useful for students in anthropology, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, and criminal justice. Students who plan to pursue careers in forensic science will benefit from a broader understanding of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, and due process law. Students who plan to pursue careers in the criminal justice system will benefit from a broader understanding of forensic science so that they understand what happens to evidence once it is taken to a lab for processing.