Minor in Forensic Biosciences

Expand Your Career Options with Forensic Biosciences

Adding this minor makes your resume more competitive in this field while offering a base of understanding you can build on throughout your career. While it is not designed to train you in the laboratory methods and measures of forensics, you will gain an understanding of the basic issues within the context of forensic biology.

Applying Biological Techniques Influences Investigations

The Minor in Forensic Biosciences is designed to give you an understanding of the concepts and principles behind the application of biological techniques. You'll study how these techniques influence forensic investigations and the criminal justice system.

The Forensic Biosciences minor requires the completion of at least 19-20 credit hours, which are outlined below and on the minor verification form. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education requires that a minimum of six credits of the minor be from classes with advanced standing (at the 300 level and above).

I. Foundation Courses (All Majors) (12 credits)

  • Introduction to Forensic Biology (BIOL 107) 3cr
  • Investigative Biological Forensics (BIOL 211) 3cr
  • Forensic Analysis of DNA (BIOL 313) 3cr
  • The Forensic Chemistry of CSI (CHEM 105) 3cr

II. Required Course (4 credits)

  • Forensic Biology Laboratory Operations (BIOL 411) 4cr

III. Electives (3-4 credits)

Choose one:

  • Geophysical Application in Archaeology (ANTH 488) 3 cr
  • Zooarchaeology (ANTH 491) 3cr
  • Life on Earth (BIOL 103) 4cr
  • Human Biology: How the Human Body Works (BIOL 104) 4cr
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 105) 3cr
  • Human Genetics and Health (BIOL 106) 4cr
  • Biotic Diversity of North America (BIOL 115) 3cr
  • Introduction to Toxicology & Risk assessment (BIOL 323) 3cr
  • Immunology (BIOL 364) 3cr
  • Biology Internships (BIOL 493) 3cr
  • Forensic Psychology (PSYC 388) 3cr