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Dr. Mary Beth Spore, DeanSchool of Social Sciences, Communication, and EducationPhone: 724-805-2950Fax: 724-532-5083 firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Social Sciences, Communication, & Education
The field of forensics is a growing and dynamic one that has far outstripped its initial boundaries as a discipline only pertinent to the gathering of data at crime scenes. Today, a vast array of natural sciences has been brought to the field of criminal investigations and prosecutions. Within the next 15 years, natural scientists will be having much more interaction with the legal system and the agents and attorneys within that system will need to carry on meaningful conversations with those forensic experts in the effort to do justice in each case.
The goal of this minor is to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the scientific aspect of forensics. The forensic studies- natural science minor is not meant to provide students with all of the skills necessary to perform the job of a forensic scientist. Rather, the goal is to provide students with a working understanding of the integration of each of this discipline with the criminal law so that the students may, if they wish, pursue those specializations in other undergraduate or future graduate study.
Requirements for a Minor in Forensic Studies-Natural Science
The following courses are required:CLS 205 Criminal Trial Evidence, 3 creditsCLS 227 Criminal Law and Process, 3 creditsNSCI 300* Criminalistics, 3 credits
Choose 3 credits (selected course may not count for major or core):CLS 230 Constitutional Criminal Procedures, 3 creditsCLS 305 Violence and Victimology, 3 creditsCLS 340 Principles of Homeland Security, 3 creditsCLS 377 Addiction and Crime, 3 credits
Choose 6 or 7 credits from the following: (selected courses may not count for major or core; one lecture/lab combination required; NSCI courses are not recommended for physics, chemistry, biology, or biochemistry majors):NSCI 130/131 Introduction to Physics and Lab, 4 creditsNSCI 210/211 Chemistry of Crime and Lab, 4 creditsNSCI 200 All About Drugs, 4 creditsNSCI 260 Biotechnology: How Do They Do It?, 4 credits NSCI 235/236 Human Biology and Laboratory, 4 credits NSCI 230/231 Genes, Cells and Computers and Lab, 4 creditsBL 214/215** Molecular Genetics and Lab, 4 creditsCH 252/253 Nuclei Acids and Membranes and Lab, 4 credits CH 216/218** Quantitative Analysis and Lab, 4 creditsBL 216/217** Biotechnology and Lab, 4 creditsBL 150/151 General Biology I and Lab, 4 creditsES 220 Introduction to GIS, 3 creditsCH 245** Chemical and Forensic Analysis* Does not count toward core.** These courses have prerequisites that are not part of the minor.