May 28, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science (Day)

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The minor in Forensic Science is designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in forensic science.  It familiarizes students with basic legal and evidentiary concepts, introduces basic information about a wide range of forensic disciplines and highlights specific issues related to a career in or related to forensic science.  It is valuable to any student pursuing career interests in fields such as law enforcement, psychology, science, technology, business, etc.

The minor in Forensic Science does not, however, fully prepare the student for work in a forensic science laboratory.  Students interested in a career as a forensic scientist should consult with their advisor to ensure that sufficient science and laboratory courses are included in their degree plan.   


A minor is defined as a course of study of at least 18 semester hours outside the student’s major. Academic minors may be earned in disciplines as specified by the department faculty. Requirements are a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for 18 or more semester hours.

Courses for the minor may also meet general education or major requirements, and at least 9 of the required hours must be earned in Columbia College coursework. (Transfer courses equivalent to courses designated are accepted toward the minor.)

Majors and minors may not be added to an already earned degree.

In some curricular areas, the College offers courses totaling fewer than 18 semester hours. In these areas, students may earn additional semester hours through transfer credit so the total semester hours earned meets the required number of hours (see Evaluation of Credit and Testing ). Main Campus Day students can participate in cooperative cross-enrollment with the University of Missouri - Columbia and/or Stephens College (see Advising and Registration ).

Specific Requirements

Coursework in CJAD and FRSC.

Total Semester Hours: 18

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