Forensics Minor*

The Forensics interdisciplinary minor is a 16-credit minor designed for students who are interested in how physical and psychological evidence resolve issues involving criminal behavior, crime scenes and criminal investigations. This highly popular field spans across many disciplines, drawing from psychology, sociology, criminology, political science, chemistry, biology, and philosophy.

Students are required to take the Forensic Psychology course and an introductory Science course with a forensics component (4 credits). Students can then select the remaining 9 credits from a broad array of elective courses in multiple disciplines.

In order to fulfill the minor, students are required to take no more than 3 credits of their Elective courses in any single discipline.


Required Courses (7 credits)

PSYC 3360 Forensic Psychology

BIOL 1202  Molecules, Cells, and Genes (includes DNA analysis information and forensic science laboratory exercise)
BIOL 1005 Current Topics in Biology (includes forensics component)


Elective Courses (9 credits)

Select 3 courses from following courses, with no more 3 credits within a single discipline

PSYC 3005 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3032 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 3302 Human Development
PSYC 3310 Social Psychology
PSYC 3334 Psychopharmacology   
PSYC 4291 Schools of Psychology

CMLGY 1306 Introduction to Crime and Criminology
CMLGY 2300 Wrongful Convictions
CMLGY 2307 Social Deviance
CMLGY 2333 Criminal Law
CMLGY 2360 Victimology
CMLGY 2701 Penology
CMLGY 3301 Women and Crime
CMLGY 3308 Law and Society
CMLGY 3309 Policy Analysis
CMLGY 3310 Juvenile Delinquency

SOCI 2318 Law and the Family
SOCI 3327 Crime and the Media
SOCI 3347 Sociology of Violence

POLS 3304 Criminal Justice

PHIL 1101  Introduction to Logic

CHEM 1201 General Chemistry I
CHEM 2221 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 3281 Biochemistry I

BIOL 1205 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1206 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2003 Cell Biology
BIOL 3009 Microbiology
BIOL 3256 Genetics
BIOL 3332 Immunology


* Effective Fall 2015

NOTE: Students who previously declared an 18-credit minor in this area must complete a "Declaration of Minor" form (available in the Records Office) in order to convert to the revised, 16-credit minor. Students who convert to the revised minor MUST complete all requirements affiliated with the 16-credit minor. No course substitutions will be permitted.



Dr. Amy Shlosberg
Tel: 973-443-8754

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