Justice for all, through science

Using science to support legal decisions

Fingerprint in black ink against a white background representing our Forensic Studies minor

The sciences have many applications—as a forensic scientist, you’ll bring scientific knowledge to the courts to support justice in the legal system. Couple our Forensic Sciences minor with a related major such as Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Psychology, or Sociology, for maximum benefit. You’ll learn about the interaction between the sciences and the legal system, as well as the theory and methods used in forensic applications, and gain valuable experience evaluating evidence and data in case study, lab, and field situations.

Dawn Mulhern Associate Dean & Division Coordinator, Professor of Anthropology, and Coordinator of the Forensic Studies Minor

"The Forensic Studies Minor allows students from disciplines across the natural and social sciences to explore the ways their majors can lead to careers in forensics. We emphasize active experiences where students apply learning to case studies, field activities and a mock trial."

The road ahead

Forensic Sciences minor students collecting data samples at a practice field site

The work of forensic scientists is used to address questions and solve problems related to both civil and criminal law with impacts on public safety, public health, and human rights issues. Forensic scientists work in many different settings including law enforcement, government, universities and colleges, forensic laboratories, and medical examiner or coroner offices.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Ballistics expert
  • DNA analyst
  • Digital forensics expert
  • Forensic engineer
  • Forensic accountant
  • Forensic psychologist