Inspired by television shows such as CSI and Bones, students often come to us with interests in forensic science. Baylor offers a minor in forensic science for students with serious aspirations in this area.
Students are required to complete the following courses:
- FORS 1390: Suvey of Forensic
- FORS 2357: Crime Scene Investigation
The minor is rounded out with a student’s selection of FORS classes to fulfill the minimum number of hours, including advanced hours, for the minor. Students can view the details of the minor on page 74 of the 2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog. Possible courses a student could choose from are:
- Human Osteology
- Forensic DNA Analysis
- Death, Injury, and Physical Remains
Baylor’s Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Archaeology (which houses the minor) emphasizes that the minor is only appropriate for those with a hard science background. The department’s website states the following:
“It is suggested that students consider a BS major in Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology or Psychology.”
Click here for information from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences about pursuing a career as a forensic scientist.
Still interested in bringing criminals to justice, but not strong in the hard sciences? Perhaps the criminal justice minor is for you.