Forensics

  • Overview

    If you are interested in understanding how science can be applied to the legal process, a minor in forensics from William Peace University is right for you.

    Do you want to help solve the crimes of the present, past and future? Do you want to know what bones, blood and ballistics can tell you about how and why someone died? Have you ever thought of what it would be like to work for the FBI, the Smithsonian or the United Nations? The WPU Forensics minor includes courses from a variety of disciplines that will help you learn how scientific theories and techniques are used in legal and criminal contexts. Required core courses in anthropology, chemistry and criminal justice will give you a firm grounding in forensics. From there, you can deepen that knowledge and pursue your interests by choosing from courses in such areas as microbiology, archeology and abnormal psychology. The Forensics minor will be a good complement to a major in Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Chemistry or Psychology, and it will help prepare you well for careers in law enforcement and the legal system, or for furthering your studies in the forensic sciences.

    Explore Forensics at WPU
    Forensics students get hands-on with research, examining all aspects of human material
  • Courses

    The William Peace University Forensics minor includes courses from across a variety of disciplines that together will help you to understand how scientific theories and techniques are used in legal and criminal contexts.

    Forensics Minor 19-21 credit hours
    ANT 250: Introduction to Forensics 3
    ANT 330: Forensic Anthropology 3
    CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    CHE 111: General Chemistry I (4 credit hours) 4
    Choose two (2) courses from the following:
    ANT 450: Archeological Field work 3
    BIO 350: Microbiology (4 credit hours) 4
    BIO 380: Anatomy & Physiology 4
    BIO 460: Genetics 4
    CHE 112: General Chemistry II 4
    PSC 270: Introduction to Law and the Legal System 3
    PSY 240: Abnormal Psychology 3
    PSY 343: Psychology and the Law 3
  • Faculty
    Xandra Daniels, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Beth Kusko, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law; Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Vinnie Melomo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics
    Russell Bornschein, WPU professor.
    ​Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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