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Minor in Forensic Science (Undergraduate)

The minor in forensic science is offered to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles behind the application of scientific techniques to forensic investigations and to the criminal justice system. The minor allows students to gain both a deep understanding of a traditional discipline through their major field of study while gaining some experience with various aspects of forensic science and criminal investigations. This later forensic experience is accomplished though a variety of courses including a general overview of the field as a whole. Thus, the minor in forensic science offers a strong complement to major areas of study and provides a general background in forensic science and criminal justice for Syracuse University students.

Consult the Course Catalog for specific Forensic Science, Minor requirements.

Sample Requirements

I. Entry Courses 

  • CHE 113 Introduction to Forensic Science (4 credits)
  • FSC 406 Advanced Forensic Science (3)


II. Quantitative Skills - choose 1 course only

  • MAT 221 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3) 
  • FSC 431 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (3) 
  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)
  • PSY 252 Statistical Methods II (3) 

III. Electives - Choose 3 courses

  • ANT 433 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 434 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 436 Bioarcheology (3)
  • BIO 326 Genetics (3)
  • BIO 462 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • CHE 335 Chemical & Biochemical Analysis (4)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • FSC 300 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • FSC 435 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 440 Special Topics in Advanced Forensic Science (3) (may be taken multiple times with different topics)*
  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)**
  • FSC 452 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 452 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • FSC 453 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 457 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 461 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 462 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 463 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3)
  • FSC 465 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 467 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 468 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 472 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 490 Independent Study (3)
  • LIN 475 Forensic Linguistics (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)
  • PSY 474 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • SOC 334 Criminal Justice (3)
  • SOC 397 Criminology (3)


*Multiple topics of FSC 440 can be taken to satisfy this requirement

**FSC 444 cannot count for both quantitative skills and electives requirements