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The forensic science minor is housed in the natural sciences, focusing on biology and chemistry. The coursework provides a base for those who wish to work in a crime laboratory or as a crime scene investigator. These people are also known as criminalists. 

The students who take this minor generally have majors in biology and chemistry, although some double-major, or minor, in criminal justice.

Many criminalists have only a bachelor’s degree, but it is increasingly common for professionals to have advanced degrees.

For further information, see the California Association of Criminalists, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

CMU student presenting her forensic science research.


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