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Forensic Science Minor

For careers in fields ranging from archaeology to biology, chemistry to law enforcement, studying forensic science can be valuable in teaching you how to better analyze scientific data.

At the University of Central Missouri, our Forensic Science minor provides you with a broad-based introduction to understanding, solving and preventing crime. Throughout your undergraduate studies, you’ll gain a well-balanced foundation of knowledge in human psychology and how it applies to our legal and criminal justice systems, as well as public policy.

No matter what your professional aspirations, the critical thinking skills you’ll gain in this minor will ensure you’re better positioned to make informed decisions, wherever your career takes you. 

Flexible coursework for Forensic Science minors

Take all of your classes for the Forensic Science minor in person on our Warrensburg campus. You can also choose from several courses offered online.

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3 tracks to choose from

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What you will study

UCM’s Forensic Science minor offers three unique tracks for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Biology, Chemistry or Criminal Justice — or you can build a track of your own to help you achieve your career aspirations. 

No matter which track you choose, you can expect our Forensic Science minor to integrate law, science and technology throughout your studies. You’ll build a strong foundation in biology or chemistry as you learn how to uncover and analyze evidence that can be used in criminal or civil cases.


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Unique learning opportunities in forensic science

Gaining hands-on experience is at the heart of UCM’s Forensic Science minor. Throughout your studies, you’ll be exposed to various cellular, molecular and histological lab research experiences, as well as field work that involves different approaches to collecting data. 

You can also apply your knowledge and skills through:

  • Internships: If you’re interested in a career as a forensic scientist or technician, an internship will help you stand out. You’ll gain real-world experience and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom while making professional connections in the field.
  • Student activities: Join your fellow classmates from Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry and Criminal Justice programs in some of UCM’s more than 185 clubs and organizations. These opportunities allow you to pursue leadership roles, enjoy new and exciting learning experiences and connect with fellow Forensic Science minors.


What can you do with a Forensic Science minor from UCM?

Our Forensic Science minor will help you pursue employment in various data-collecting fields, including crime scene investigation and forensic technology. Students who complete our minor, along with a bachelor’s degree, also go on to Forensic Science master’s programs.

Discover a career in a growing field

Learn more about how Forensic Science program coursework can help you fulfill your career goals. Explore job outlooks and salary expectations using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for our Forensic Science program

Did you know that the University of Central Missouri offers some of the lowest tuition and fees in Missouri? We also offer many ways to finance your college education.

Learn more about our general and program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to forensic science.
If you’re considering a Forensic Science minor, you may also be interested in a variety of other minors at UCM that pair well with one of our majors:


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