Jul 01, 2022  
2022-2023 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2028 
2022-2023 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2028

Forensic Science Minor

Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Studies

As a forensic science minor at Truman, students learn how to gather and analyze information about the past using the scientific method. Whether they’re interested in law enforcement, archaeology, history, biology, geology, or astronomy, learning to scientifically analyze data will boost their skill set no matter what career paths they pursue.


  1. A 2.00 GPA in minor requirements.
  2. At least nine hours of the program requirements must be completed at Truman State University.
  3. This interdisciplinary minor requires at least 18 credits.
  4. Students may double-count courses from their major for either Basic Requirements track (see below), but may not double-count any course from their major for Options.

Basic Requirements: 10-11 Credits

The interdisciplinary Forensic Science Minor consists of at least eighteen credits, divided into Basic Requirements (either Track I or II; each 10-11 credits) and Options (at least 7-8 credits).

Track I - Forensic DNA Lab-oriented

Track II - Forensic Chemistry Lab-oriented

Options: 7-8 Credits

The remainder of the minimum eighteen credits may be completed using any of the following courses and/or other academic experiences. Students are encouraged to choose at least one lab-based course.


Topics courses will not automatically apply to this minor; ask your instructor about securing a substitution form with appropriate signatures.

Students completing Track I Basic Requirements have satisfied current Federal Bureau of Investigation coursework guidelines for forensic DNA lab technician positions. Students interested in seeking employment immediately after graduation in forensic analytic chemistry (Track II Basic Requirements) are advised to take (at a minimum) CHEM 322 and a 300-level STAT course.

Students are encouraged to develop internship opportunities. Students may elect internships under INDS 471/472 (Interdisciplinary Internship and Evaluation), or, where appropriate and with the approval of the student’s major advisor, using the internship course appropriate to the major.