Forensic Studies, Minor

Minor in Forensic Studies (380020M)

The Forensic Studies Minor is designed for individuals interested in the application of scientific methods to the criminal legal process. The minor provides the student with a foundation in forensic methods, professional communication, evidence and the investigative process. The minor is appropriate for anyone with an interest in forensics, including students majoring in chemistry, biology, nursing, computer science, or accounting.

Program Contact
Stephanie Yuhas, JD
Criminal Justice Studies Department

The following information has official approval of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a guide. Completion of this minor is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others.

The following courses constitute a “Minor in Forensic Studies” and must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall for the minor to be noted on the student’s record. A minor in Forensic Studies may only be awarded at the time a student receives a baccalaureate degree. Please refer to the University Requirements for Minor Areas of Study for specific graduation information regarding minors.


Required Courses12
Law-Related Course3
Skill-Related Course3
Total Hours18

Required Courses

CRJU:100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU:251Criminal Investigation3
CRJU:253Basic Forensic Methods3
CRJU:255Introduction to Forensic Investigation3
Total Hours12

Law-Related Course 

Complete one course:3
Principles of Criminal Law
Evidence & Criminal Legal Process
Courtroom Communication
Total Hours3

Skill-Related Course 

Complete one course:3
Computer and Information Security
Total Hours3