Forensic Science


Forensic science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences and technologies to investigate and establish facts of interest in relation to an incident or question. Most employers today are looking for "problem solvers". Within the Forensic Science Minor you will learn the major steps of problem solving in a format that employers recognize. Your resume will be improved through this minor in that you will have demonstrated your willingness to explore the facts of an incident to a greater depth and reach effective conclusions. The selection of a specific "certification area" will provide support for employment within criminal justice, health, industry and legal fields.

Forensic Science Minor:

 Forensic Science Minor requirements:  19 or 20 hours as follows:

FORS 3370 & 3170 Survey of Forensic Science & lab

FORS 3315 & 3115 Crime Scene Investigation & lab

FORS 3314 Criminal Investigation 

Additional hours for Criminal Justice Majors:

BIOL 1410 Human Health and Disease

PSCI 1415 Introduction to Chemistry and Physics 

Additional hours for Non-Criminal Justice Majors:

CJUS 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJUS 1306 Courts and Criminal Procedure

CJUS 2314 Police Systems and Practices 

Certificates Available in Forensic Science:

A student may earn a certificate in Labratory Forensic Science which prepares them to work in crime laboratories. The student must have a major in biology, a minor in chemistry, and take courses as follows:

DNA3.jpgBIOL 4304 Toxicology

BIOL 4305 Molecular Genetics

CHEM/BIOL 4367 Biochemistry

CHEM/BIOL 4167 Biochemistry Techniques

CHEM 4200 Forensic Chemistry Laboratory

Students within the ETBU nursing program may earn a Forensic Nursing Certificate which will prepare them to take the International Association of Forensic Nurses examination. Students interested in this certificate should contact the ETBU Nursing Program in regard to admission and course requirements.