Forensic Biology Minor
A forensic biology minor is an interdisciplinary and laboratory science-based approach designed for students with interests or career goals in Forensic Science. This will add a forensic biology focus to any major, particularly for students with biology, health sciences, forensic science education, crime scene investigation, criminal justice, or other relevant majors.
To fulfill the Forensic Biology minor requirements, a student must complete at least 20 credits of coursework, 14 of which must count only for the minor. The required courses are:
The Forensic Biology minor will prepare students for positions such as crime science or forensic science technician and specialized positions including forensic biologist/serologist, forensic DNA analyst, etc. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a 16% job growth for forensic science technicians is expected within the next eight years. This minor will also help students to prepare for entry into a graduate-level educational program and entry-level professional careers in public and private forensic laboratories, federal, state, or local government/law enforcement, and intelligence agencies. In addition, coursework in forensic sciences also provides a solid foundation for forensic science education at the secondary level and forensic science-focused careers in law, journalism, public policy, psychology, and other related fields.