Description of Program
Forensic science is the use of scientific principles to assist in the resolu- tion of legal questions, such as determining the guilt or innocence of people suspected of committing a crime. Crime scene investigation, including evidence processing and evidence analysis, are two main areas of work in the field. The minor in Forensic Studies will help to prepare students for graduate school in forensic studies or science and for an entry-level position in crime scene processing or evidence anal- ysis, if they have the appropriate major (Psychology, Criminal Justice, or Computer Science for processing, or Chemistry, Biology, or Physical Science for analysis). The minor is comprised of introductory forensic science topics, including legal and ethical issues, forensic science for natural science or social science majors, criminal procedures, statistics, a free elective relative to the student’s major, and a culminating capstone experience.