Forensics is the application of science to the field of law. There is a wide variety of careers in this general area; students who are interested in the application of specific skills to the criminal and legal processes are encouraged to explore the minor, which is open to all students regardless of major.
The minor consists of 25 credit hours in courses taken in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology and Criminology. (Please note that PS 101 is prerequisite to all other PS courses and that SC 101 is prerequisite to all other SC courses.) To complete the minor, all students are required to take SC 223 (Forensics: Overview of Crime Scene Analysis). All students also must elect either PS 370 (Forensic Psychology) or SC 388 (Forensic Science in Criminal Justice).
Required course work in ethics may be completed by taking one of the following courses: SC 300 (The Death Penalty), SC 435 (Law, Ethics, and Criminal Justice Policy), or PS 471 (Seminar in Ethics in Psychology).
Students are required to take two additional courses in psychology from the following list of courses: PS 435, PS 455, PS 457, PS 470, and PS 471. (Note: PS 471 may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it has been used to fulfill the requirement in ethics.)
Students are required to take two additional courses in sociology and criminology from the following list of courses: SC 220, SC 240, SC 300, SC 343, SC 435, SC 440, and SC 365. (Note: neither SC 300 nor SC 435 may be used to fulfill this requirement if it has been used to fulfill the requirement in ethics.)
Students must also complete either SC 494 of PS 494 (Internship in Forensic Behavioral Science.) These are field-based internships; the field experience and the accompanying academic seminar provide the student with direct experience in forensic behavioral science. This course is taken in the senior year after completion of 18 hours in the minor. Please contact the coordinator of the program for further information regarding scheduling, requirements, and advice related to this minor.