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Students minoring in Forensic Investigations (not to be confused with Forensic Science) will be introduced to the various techniques, tools and scientific tests used to investigate crime along with the application of these elements in a court of law. The minor focuses on several areas of forensics, from digital and financial evidence collection to crime scene evidence and laboratory processing and evaluation. Students will learn and understand the various ways law enforcement, mental health professionals, accountants, computer technicians, and scientists collect, process and evaluate evidence for use in legal proceedings.

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Students majoring in the areas of Criminal Justice, Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Accounting and the Natural Sciences will enhance their professional tool belt with a minor in Forensic Investigations.

Required Courses:

CJ 2040 Police Investigations
(Prereq. CJ 1000)
FSC 1010 Intro to the Forensic Sciences 4
FSC 1700 Forensic Photography 1

Choose a minimum of 6 credits from the courses below:

CJ 2620 Digital Forensics and Investigations
(Prereq. CJ 1000)
ACNT 2060 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
(Prereq. ACNT 1010/Coreq. BUS excel)
CJ 2610 Forensic Psychology
(Prereq. CJ 1000)
FSC 2700 Forensic Science I: Evidence Response 4

Students with a minor in Forensic Investigations will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Describe various techniques and tools used to investigate crime and the application of these in a court of law.
  • Explain the differences between forensics, forensic science, and forensic investigations.
  • Describe the requirements for law enforcement and non-law enforcement career paths in the criminal justice field, especially as it relates to forensics.
  • Describe how police and detectives prepare for criminal and civil trials.
  • Describe how evidence (digital, financial, crime scene, or otherwise) is identified, collected, acquired, and preserved.
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