Criminal Forensics Studies


  • Program Contact: Dr. Tony Gaskew

    Academic Division: Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Program Description:

     A minor in criminal forensic studies is designed to provide students with a theoretical and applied understanding of the nature of criminal investigations and how forensic tools are used to conduct criminal investigations. Students will be exposed to variety of mock crime scenes, which will include violent crimes, property crimes, drug crimes, computer and white collar crimes. Students will also apply investigative report writing techniques and crime scene processing methods.

    Program Requirements:

    A minor in criminal forensic studies can be earned by completing the following 20 credits:

    (students must earn a C- or better in all minor courses and a GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required)

    Required courses:


    Students who are criminal justice majors cannot use the courses in the minor to satisfy the law enforcement content area of the criminal justice major.

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.