Minor - Forensic Studies
The non-science Forensic Studies minor offers a credential in crime scene investigation without the chemistry and biology course load of the forensic science major. Its purpose is to provide formal instruction in the evaluation, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence; the requirements of the forensic laboratory; forensic analytical process and methods; limitations of physical evidence; scientific thinking; and probative value of evidence in court.
Students who are interested in working in a crime lab should MAJOR in Forensic Science.
Benefits of the Forensic Studies Minor
The Minor in Forensic Studies has practical applications in areas such as law enforcement, law, engineering, computer science, accounting, chemistry, biology, nursing, medicine, psychology, anthropology, and photography. Providing a potentially useful credential for students pursuing careers or scholarship in these fields. For example, anthropology majors could use their forensic studies training when excavating clandestine gravesites and documenting human remains; Justice Studies majors could apply their forensic studies training when evaluating physical evidence in police work or court rooms; Nursing majors could use the credential in the fairly modern field of forensic nursing, in which nurses in hospitals play a major role documenting injuries and collecting forensic evidence.
|FS 011||Survey of Forensic Science||3 units|
|FS 161||Crime Scene Investigation||3 units|
|FS 162||Forensic Science Applications||3 units|
|Plus 2 Electives (see list below)||6 units|
When selecting substantive elective courses in the minor, students are encouraged to choose courses that also fulfill other university requirements. Students are responsible for meeting (or getting waived by instructor) any pre-requisite courses. Proper planning and advising will ensure that students graduate when intended. Students are highly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Justice Studies Department to get advising during posted office hours.
|ANTH 157||Forensic Anthropology||3 units|
|FS 160||Special Topics||1-5 units|
|FS 163||Fingerprint Science||3 units|
|FS 164||Crime Scene and Evidence Photography||3 units|
|FS 165||Forensic Biometrics||3 units|
|JS 143||Criminal Evidence and Procedure||3 units|
|*JS 185||Special Topics in Law and Justice||3 units|
*Special topic must be forensic science related, and approved by the FS Minor Coordinator.
|JS 161||Introduction to Cybercrime||3 units|
|PHIL 133||Ethics in Science (Area V)||1-5 units|
|PHIL 160||Philosophy of Science (Area R)||3 units|
|PHOTO 110||Black and White Photography||3 units|
|PSYC 110||Abnormal Psychology||3 units|
|PSYC 153||Psychology in the Courtroom||3 units|
As is the case for all minors at SJSU, students must make sure that at least 12 units of their minor coursework is unique from their substantive major coursework. Please see your major and minor advisor regularly to make sure that your program(s) are completed in the most efficient manner possible.
How to Declare the Forensic Studies Minor
Students should declare the minor as soon as they know they are interested. Download and fill out the Forensic Studies Minor Form, and the appropriate Change of Major/Minor Form
(<90 or >90 units), along with other documentation requested on that form. Take them with you to see an advisor.
How to Apply for Graduation with the Forensic Studies Minor
Fill out the Forensic Studies Minor Form and take it with you to see an advisor. Generally, students should complete this process at the same time they apply for graduation with their major. The major advisor is the primary advisor for graduation purposes, but the minor form must be approved at the Department of Justice Studies.