Degree Programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

Forensic Investigation Minor

A minor in forensic investigation will provide students with a better understanding of the value and significance of physical evidence utilized during a criminal trial. The forensic investigation minor student will acquire foundational knowledge of the application of science to the criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system.  Further, students completing this minor will gain a comprehensive understanding of an investigation from the initial response to a crime through the collection, processing, and presentation of evidence.    The requirement for this minor is 18 credit hours with a C- or better.

The Following Courses are Required for all Forensic Investigation minors:

  • CJHS-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)
  • CJHS-J 320 Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)
  • CJHS-J 322 Introduction to Criminalistics (3 cr.)

Forensic investigation electives-choose one of the following courses:

  • CJHS-J 303 Evidence (3 cr.)
  • CJHS-J 321 American Policing (3 cr.)
  • NURS-B 261 Pathophysiology and Pathopharm (4 cr.) 
  • NURS-P 345 Pharmacology (3 cr.) 
  • PSY-P 322 Psychology in the Courtroom (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 364 Drug Abuse in Society (3 cr.)

Science electives-choose at least 6 credits earned from a combination of the following courses:

  • BIOL-L l00 Humans and the Biological World (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 105 Introduction to Biology (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C l00 The World of Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 109 Introductory Chemistry for Health and Nursing Sciences (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 129 Chemistry Lab (2 cr.)
  • MICR-J 200 Microbiology and Immunology (3 cr.)
  • MICR-J 201 Microbiology Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.)

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