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Minor in Forensic Science

Intrigued with criminal investigation, working in a forensic lab, or providing intelligence support for a police force? Explore the different components of forensics through the interdisciplinary study of biology, psychology, sociology, and justice at Spring Hill College.

According to the American Academy of Forensic Science, there is an increasing demand for individuals trained in forensic science, who specifically can apply advances in science and technology to criminal investigation with the purpose of solving crimes.

Students who graduate with a minor in forensics complete 5 required courses and 2 electives for a minimum of 21 credit hours.

Required Courses

  • BIO 117 Forensic Biology
  • CHM 102 Forensic Sciences
  • PSY 263 Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • POL 341 Judicial Process and Procedures
  • SOC 353 Criminology

Electives (Choose 2)

  • PSY 225 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 374 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSY 472 Forensic Psychology
  • SOC 256 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 314 Deviant Behavior

  • BIO 231 & 233 Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
  • BIO 232 & 234 Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
  • BIO 301 & 302 Genetics and Laboratory
  • BIO 360 & 362 Cell Biology and Molecular Laboratory
  • CHM 231 & 233 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHM 251 & 253 Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory
  • CHM 302 & 304 Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory

Testimonials

Brianna Weis '16

If you have an interest in law or crime, SHC forensics classes are great to take because they fulfill lab credits and are super fun. Whenever I say I'm taking forensic science classes, people are always impressed that I can do blood spatter analysis and determine DNA.

— Brianna Weis '16

Dr. Lesli Bordas

Pursuing a minor in forensic science at Spring Hill College allows students to explore this exciting and expanding field. The diverse coursework in psychology, chemistry, and criminology provides a solid foundation upon which students can pursue professional or graduate training in forensics or related fields.

— Dr. Lesli Bordas

Career Options

  • Criminal investigation
  • Pathology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Toxicology
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Public health
  • Law

Fast Facts

  • Number of Faculty: 14
  • Emphasis within minor: psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry
  • Clubs: chemistry club, psychology club
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