The Forensic Science Program at Rutgers-Camden firmly believes that students should be scientists first before pursuing forensic science.  We encourage students to major as undergraduates in the life and physical science subjects that form the basis for forensic science.

Rutgers-Camden students interested in forensic science at the undergraduate level are welcome to pursue a minor in forensic science.  The goals of the minor are:

  • to introduce students to the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science
  • to provide an understanding of several forensic disciplines
  • to recognize students who have taken courses of direct relevance to a career in forensic and/or investigation science
  • to help students accelerate their graduate program of study.  Up to 9 credits of forensic science course work can transfer into the MSFS degree

Program requirements

Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students may graduate with a minor in forensic science if they complete 21 credits distributed as follows:

  1. 8 credits of General Biology I & II with lab 120:101(lec); 107(lab) and 120:102(lec); 108(lab) or Chemical Principles I & II with lab 160:115(lec); 125 (lab) & 160:116 (lec); 126 (lab);
  2. 3 credits of Forensic Theory & Policy 412:327;
  3. 4 credits of Forensic Methods and Techniques with lab 412:328 & 329;
  4. and a minimum of 6 credits at the 300 to 400 level, 3 credits of which must be outside of the major area of study.

 Accepted courses include:

  • Forensic Pattern Evidence 412:451
  • Forensic Trace Evidence 412:429
  • Forensic Serology 120:471 & 473 (lab)
  • Forensic Chemistry 160:480 & 482 (lab)
  • Forensic Toxicology 160:484 & 486 (lab)
  • Independent Study 412:450
  • Independent Study 412:451
  • International Perspectives of Forensic Science 412:490
  • BioChemistry I 115:403 & 407 (lab)
  • BioChemistry II 115:404 & 408 (lab)
  • Molecular Biology 120:305
  • Computers in Biology 120:302
  • Human Genetics 120:311
  • Genetics 120:307 & 120:308
  • Cell Biology 120:334
  • Molecular Diagnostics 120:444
  • Electron Microscopy 120:410
  • Recomb DNA Technology 120:480
  • Analytical Chemistry 160:325 & 329 (lab)
  • Instrumental Analysis 160:326 & 330 (lab)
  • Data Structures 198:213
  • Computer Networks 198:346
  • Data Mining 198:454
  • Statistics for CJ 202:302
  • ST: Cyber Crime 202:454
  • CIA and American Intelligence 790:333
  • Judicial Process 790:381
  • Constitution and Criminal Law 790:403
  • Counter-Terrorism Strategies 790:435
  • Psychology and the Law 830:315
  • Eyewitness Testimony 830:364
  • Theories of Crime 920:313
  • Law and Society 920:329
  • Cyberspace and Society 920:425
  • Applied Statistics 960:336
  • Statistical Data Analysis 960:384
  • Intro to Sampling 960:476
  • Statistical Models 960:489
  • Applied Data Mining 220:422

Transfer students who want to minor in forensic science at Rutgers-Camden, but who have fulfilled all the requirements for this minor elsewhere, must take a minimum of two courses from among the accepted courses at the 300 level and above. A student is free to design his or her own minor program from among the courses listed as accepted courses.