Minor - Forensic Studies


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.


Curriculum Requirements (15 units) 

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
  Total  15 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.

Substantive Electives

ANTH 157 Forensic Anthropology 3 units
FS 106 Forensic Entomology 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
FS 170 Forensic Science in Human Rights 3 units
FS 171 Forensic Criminology 3 units
JS 143 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3 units
JS 161 Introduction to Cybercrime 3 units
JS 185* Special Topics in Law and Justice   3 units
PHIL 133 Ethics in Science (Area V) 3 units
PHIL 160 Philosophy of Science (Area R) 3 units
PHOTO 110 Black and White Photography 3 units
PSYC 110 Adult Psychopathology 3 units
PSYC 129 Neuroscience 3 units
PSYC 153 Pyschology in the Courtroom 3 units

*JS 185 - Special Topics must be forensic science related, and approved by the FS Minor Coordinator

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.


Contact Information


If you are interested in declaring a Minor in Forensic Studies, or if you have any questions, you may contact the Minor Coordinator, Professor Mary Juno.


How to Declare the Forensic Studies Minor


Students should declare the minor as soon as they know they are interested. 

If you have more than 90 units, you must meet with an advisor or FS Minor Coordinator to discuss your situation and fill out the required forms. 

If you have fewer than 90 units, fill out the forms below and submit them to the Minor Coordinator or to a JS or FS 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.