The Certificate in Death Investigation is for students
aspiring to enter the field, and for individuals already employed who either seek professional advancement or
wish to update their skills.

This course of study prepares students for the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators national certifying exam. Job opportunities for those with a Certificate in Death Investigation would be available in the offices of both medical examiners and coroners.

The certificate requires a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. To meet this requirement, students must successfully complete Chem 100, Chemical Science, or equivalent, and Bio Sci 100, Survey of Zoology, or equivalent. The following courses must be completed successfully to obtain a Certificate in Death Investigation:

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Course Course Title
ACCC 281 Dead Men Do Tell Tales: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 3 cr
ACCC 285 Medicolegal Death Investigation, 3 cr
ACCC 481 Criminalistics, 3 cr
Anthro 403 The Human Skeleton, 3 cr
Anthro 405 Forensic Anthropology, 3 cr
CrmJst 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr
CrmJst 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation, 3 cr
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BMS 610 Pharmacology, 3 cr
HCA 212 Drugs Used and Abused, 3 cr

The abbreviation ACCC is used in the course listings below to represent the four departments that are jointly-offering these courses, Anthro/Chem/BMS/CrmJst; students may enroll in the courses under any of the four curricular areas.

Additional courses with forensic content are listed below. Check prerequisites or consult the instructor for eligibility. These courses are recommended, but are not required, for the Certificate in Death Investigation:

Course Course Title
ACCC 585 Internship in Forensic Toxicology, 2-3 cr
ACCC 594 Internship in Forensic Science, 3 cr
Anthro 404 Heredity, Environment, and Human Populations, 3 cr
BioSci 539 Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology, 4 cr
BMS 555 Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 1 cr
BMS 560 Molecular Diagnostics, 2 cr
BMS 561 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, 1 cr
BMS 620 Forensic Pathology, 2 cr
Chem 194 Freshman Seminar: (with forensic subtitle), 3 cr
Chem 524 Intermediate Analytical Chemistry, 3-5 cr
Chem 602 General Biochemistry, 3 cr
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