Minor in Forensic Science


The minor in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary pre-professional minor designed for students with interests or career goals in Forensic Science. 

It complements any major, but is especially appropriate for students with an Anthropological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, or ITEC major. It provides students with the scientific academic background and work experience in basic principles of Forensic Science, including Forensic Chemistry, Biology, Anthropological Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Digital Forensics (Computer Security).

The Forensic Science minor is administered and supervised by the RU Forensic Science Institute (RUFSI) in conjunction with an advisory group of faculty from a variety of disciplines with forensic science expertise and specialties. Students who wish to minor in Forensic Science must consult with RUFSI directors or faculty from a Forensic Science Advisory Committee for advising and assistance with meeting graduation requirements. Ideally, the course of study for Forensic Science Minors is tailored to meet the needs of each specific student in the minor, depending upon their major, interests, and career goals. To graduate with a minor in Forensic Science, a student must have a grade of “C” or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

The minor in Forensic Science consists of a minimum of 20-22 semester hours, as follows:

Required Courses

FOSC 201.  Innovations in Forensic Science 3
FOSC 401.  Forensic Science Research 3

In addition, all Forensic Science Minors should complete either CHEM 101:102 OR BIOL 131:132 (BIOL 104:105 for non-majors) 4:4

View course descriptions for the minor in Forensic Science.

Elective Courses

To be chosen from the following (at least three hours must be outside a student’s major; at least four hours must be a science lab course):

FOSC 210/ANSC 210.  Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 3
FOSC 211/ANSC 211.  Forensic Archaeology 3
FOSC 420/ANSC 420.  Advanced Forensic Anthropology 4
FOSC 495.  Seminar in Forensic Science 3-4
ANSC 320.  Human Osteology 4
BIOL 322.   Human Anatomy and Physiology 6
BIOL 383.   Molecular Forensic Biology 4
CHEM 424.  Instrumental Methods of Analysis  4
CHEM 465.  Forensic Chemistry 4
CRJU 341.  Introduction to Forensic Science 3
CRJU 481.  Forensic Evidence 3
ITEC 345.  Introduction to Information Security 3
ITEC 250/GEOS 250.  Introduction to GIS 4