Forensic Science (Minor)

Minor: Forensic Science
Program Code: M480

About This Minor. . .

Forensic science is a growing professional field throughout the United States. Forensic science is the interface between analytical science and the law. Students with a minor in Forensic science can seek employment with CBI and other employers conducting forensic investigations, or they may continue their education by seeking a Master’s degree in Forensic science at another institution. The minor is best suited for students majoring in Biology or Chemistry. The minor will enhance students’ skills in the molecular biology, analytical chemistry, and criminalistic techniques used in forensic investigations.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

(24-26 semester hours)

CHEM 301
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
BIOL 301
Principles of Genetics
and Principles of Genetics Laboratory
CHEM 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory
ANTH 270
Death and Forensic Science
and Death and Forensic Science Laboratory
ANTH 478Professional Issues in Forensic Science3
Complete two of the following options:6-8
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Forensic Entomology
and Forensic Entomology Laboratory
Forensic Molecular Biology
and Forensic Molecular Biology Laboratory
Human Osteology
and Human Osteology Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Crime Scene Processing
and Crime Scene Processing Laboratory
Total Semester Credit Hours24-26

Lectures and coordinating labs must be taken together for credit towards graduation.

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.