2019-2020 Catalog (Current)

Forensic Science

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose the Forensic Science Minor?

The minor in forensic science was created to increase the options available for Ferris State University students seeking to supplement their education in the field of forensic science. By having a solid education in both the field of criminal justice and forensics, it is believed that all other Ferris State University students majoring in other areas will increase their employment opportunities. The minor is based upon combining three criminal justice courses with four natural science courses (two in biology and two in chemistry). The minor is designed specifically to make the student a more thorough investigator at various crime scenes. Individuals who have the knowledge may be employable as crime scene technicians.

Admission Requirements

The Forensic Science minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State University. An average GPA of 2.0 or higher must be achieved for the courses to count towards the minor. The minor requires 24 hours of criminal justice, biology and chemistry courses. An approved criminal justice internship is required during the summer semester.

More Information

Ferris State University
School of Criminal Justice
1349 Cramer Circle, BIS 509
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-3652 or 231-591-5080

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Introduction to Crim Justice
CJ Investigation Issues
Criminal Justice Internship
Note: Must be a CJ Department approved crime laboratory
Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology
Forensic Biology
BIOL 307
Science and Crime
Forensic Chemistry
Minimum semester credit hours required for forensic science minor:
If pursuing a forensic minor, students should take BIOL 109 and CHEM 207 for their scientific understanding courses.

A student is awarded a Certificate of Completion after completing their minor in Forensic Science.