Forensic Science Minor

Summary of the Requirements for the Forensic Science Minor

The goal of the minor is to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the field of
forensic science.
It is not designed to provide students with the methods and
measures of forensics, which will come from students' undergraduate fields of study and/or
future graduate study. Rather, this minor will give students an understanding of the basic issues
and the applications of those methods within the context of forensic science. The Forensic
Science minor requires the completion of at least 15 hours, which consists of an introductory
course 3 hours, a required foundational course 3 hours and two core courses. The remaining
credit hours come from electives. Overlap with the GE is permitted; overlap with the
major is prohibited.

I. Required Courses

Students must complete the following introductory and core
courses*:

  • ASC 3211 Introduction to Forensic Sciences (3 hrs.)
  • ANT 3305 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 hrs.)

II. Core Courses

Students must complete two of the following * (hours will vary)

  • ANT 5607 Human Osteology (3 hrs.)
  • ANT 5644 Forensic Anthropology (3 hrs.)
  • Pharmacy 2000 The Rational and Irrational Use of Drugs (2 hrs.)
  • Psychology 4485 Psychology of the Law (3 hrs.)
  • Sociology 2209 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hrs.)

*Courses not used to complete core requirements can be used as electives.

III. Electives

Remaining credit hours yielding 15 total hours for the minor are
earned by choosing from the following:

  • ANT 5607 - Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 5608 - Skeletal Biology (3)
  • ANT 5609 - Dental Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 5644 - Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 5686 – Forensic Field School (3)
  • Chem 2210: Analytical Chemistry I (5)
  • Chem 4870: Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis (3)
  • Chem 4880: Laboratory Practice in Instrumental Analysis (2)
  • CSE 5471: Introduction to Information Security (3)
  • Entomology 3000: General Entomology (3)
  • Entomology 4606: Forensic Entomology (2)
  • Med Lab 5300: Medical Laboratory Chemistry (5)
  • Med Lab 5400: Molecular Techniques (1.5)
  • Mol Gen 4500/H4500: General Genetics (5/6)
  • Mol Gen 4606: Molecular Genetics (4)
  • Mol Gen 5607: Cell Biology (3)
  • Mol Gen 5608: Genes and Development (3)
  • Mol Gen 5640: The Genetic Basis of Evolution (3)
  • Pharmacology 5600: General Pharmacology (2)
  • Pharmacy 2000: The Rational and Irrational Use of Drugs (2)
  • Psych 4485: Psychology and the Law (3)
  • Psych 3511: Psychological Testing (3)
  • Psych 5684: Psychology of Delinquency (3)
  • Sociology 2209: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • Sociology 2210: Sociological Aspects of Deviance (3)
  • Sociology 2310: Sociology of Gangs (3)
  • Sociology 3410/H3410 : Criminology (3)
  • Sociology 4507: The Criminal Justice System (3)
  • Sph/Hrng 3320: Principles of Phonetics (3)
  • Sph/Hrng 4420: Introduction to Speech Science (3)

Please contact the undergraduate advisor if you have questions about which courses satisfy each sub-discipline requirement - Dr. Samuel Stout (614 247-7466, stout.126@osu.edu), 4052 Smith Laboratory.

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