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.
|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 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.
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.
- Forensic Studies Minor Form (for electives, you may write TBD if you don't know yet what courses you will take),
- Change of Major/Minor Form (<90 units), along with other documentation requested on that form,
- unofficial transcript.
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.