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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


Brianna Weis '16

Due to my interest in law and forensics, I've watched a lot of CSI. When I saw that Spring Hill offered a forensics minor, I decided to sign up. The classes are actually much more interesting than the show because not only do we learn the science behind the different tests that we are running, but we also learn how to apply them in court.

— Brianna Weis '16

Dr. Lesli Bordas

Forensics is an ideal minor for students intending to pursue criminology, advanced studies in law and who are concerned with social justice issues.

— 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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