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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Liberal Arts


Forensics Minor

The forensic 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.

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

Two introductory courses
JUST 401, Introduction to Justice Studies
BIOL 420, Introduction to Forensic Science


Three additional courses from the list below
JUST 405, Technology, Crime & Society
*JUST 591/PSYC 591, Forensic Psychology
SOC 515, Introduction to Criminology
SOC 535, Homicide

*If JUST 591 or PSYC 591 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, Introduction to Criminology.