Forensic Science is the application of science to legal matters. It is a true multi-disciplinary field that integrates natural science, social science, and law. The Center for Forensic Science has brought together the expertise of many professionals in the field of forensic science from both the community and from several disciplines on campus to establish a unique academic program.
UWM Programs that participate in the Center for Forensic Science include the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and the Criminal Justice program. In addition, several organizations from the surrounding community are active with the Center including the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Milwaukee.
The Center supports a multi-disciplinary curriculum that leads to one of three specialty certificates: Death Investigation, Forensic Science, and Forensic Toxicology. The programs are sponsored by the College of Letters and Science, the College of Community Engagement & Professions (specifically the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare within there), and the College of Health Professions & Sciences.
Most certificate students are also majoring in a field (such as biochemistry or biology) that will provide them with the additional scientific background necessary to enter a forensics career. The certificates are open to all current undergraduates at UWM as well as to community members who already hold a bachelor's degree but wish to expand their knowledge in this area.
For more information on the requirements for for each certificate, follow the links above.