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Social Science Division

Forensic Science Minor at MVC

Forensic Science courses at Missouri Valley College provide the opportunity for students to obtain a minor in Forensic Science while earning their Bachelor of Science or Arts degree in a major field of their choice at Valley.

Do you love watching television shows such as CSI or NCIS? Do you wish you knew more about the physical properties of blood evidence, blood spatter patterns, toxicology, fingerprint evidence collection and analysis, or criminal investigation? If the answer is ‘yes’, consider earning a minor in Forensic Science while working on your bachelor’s degree in another field, such as Criminal Justice, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, or Psychology at Valley.

To be a Forensic Scientist you will need

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Good speaking skills
  • Good note-taking skills
  • The ability to write an understandable scientific report
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Personal integrity

Career opportunities include working in forensic laboratories in police departments, sheriff’s offices, district attorney’s offices, regional and state agencies, medical examiners’ offices, private companies, colleges and universities, and for federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Identification (FBI), United States Postal Service (USPS), Secret Service (SS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the military forces, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services. Criminalists assist the United States Department of Justice in helping other countries create or update forensic services.

  • One of the newest areas of criminalists is wildlife forensics. Poaching violations, the development of state and federal hunting regulations, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the United National Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) are some of the factors which helped create this new field.

  • The major difference between criminal forensic science and wildlife forensic science is that the victim (and occasionally the suspect) is an animal.

If you decide to minor in Forensic Science, you will complete all of the requirements of your chosen major and also take a total of 19 hours from the following list of courses:

  • CH 111 - General Chemistry I
  • CH 112 - General Chemistry II
  • CJ 240 - Forensic Science

  • And also, 6 credit hours from the following courses: PY-250, Forensic Psychology; CJ-300, Criminal Investigation; CJ-360, Cybercrime.