Forensic Science


B.S. IN FORENSIC SCIENCEThe Forensic Science program at SJSU offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with concentrations in Chemistry and Biology and a Minor in Forensic Studies for students interested in forensic investigations. Students in the BSFS majors take basic and advanced biology and chemistry courses to build a strong foundation in the sciences, and complement these with courses in forensic science applications. The curricula of each major is designed to meet the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Education Program Accreditation standards. Interdisciplinary research in forensic science is very active and externally funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Keck Foundation,  the California Association of Criminalists (CAC) student scholarships and support from partnerships with California city, county, and state crime laboratories, academic institution partnerships and over 6 biotechnology partnerships. Students have presented over 35 peer reviewed presentations at local, regional, national and international science meetings, published their work in scientific journals, and our own peer reviewed Journal, Themis as well as in our FS forum newsletter.  Our forensic science student group is extremely active on and off campus running a forensic science seminar series, volunteering and running numerous events and conferences and supporting the department, college and university through their service.  

MINOR IN FORENSIC STUDIESThe Forensic Studies Minor is a new, non-science minor offered by the Justice Studies Department and the Forensic Science Major. The Minor is primarily designed for students interested in crime scene investigation, and its purpose is to provide formal training for students wishing to enter the profession. Topics include evaluation, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence; the requirements of the forensic laboratory; forensic analytical processes and methods; limitations of physical evidence; scientific thinking; and probative value of evidence in court. The Minor allows students to take courses in their area of interest (Forensic Science) without the heavy chemistry and biology course load of the major.