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Coursework in the forensic science certificate program trains students to analyze evidence – especially DNA evidence.

Students with a certificate in forensic science may pursue job opportunities in local, regional and national crime labs, paternity identification labs, and on archaeological sites.

Program Type

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus
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The abbreviation ACCC is used in the course listings below to represent the four departments that are jointly offering these courses, ANTHRO/CHEM/BMS/CRM JST; students may enroll in the courses under any of the four curricular areas.

The following courses must be completed successfully to obtain a forensic science certificate:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCC 281Dead Men Do Tell Tales: An Introduction to Forensic Science3
ACCC 481Criminalistics3
CRM JST 110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRM JST 480Criminal Evidence and Investigation3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ANTHRO 403The Human Skeleton3
ANTHRO 404Heredity, Environment, and Human Populations3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BMS 610Pharmacology3
HCA 212Drugs Used and Abused3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BIO SCI 539Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology4
BMS 560/561Molecular Diagnostics/Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory3
CHEM 602General Biochemistry3

Additional Courses

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 forensic science certificate:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCC 285Medicolegal Death Investigation3
ACCC 585Internship in Forensic Toxicology2-3
ACCC 594Internship in Forensic Science3
ANTHRO 405Forensic Anthropology3
BMS 555Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring1
BMS 620Forensic Pathology2
CHEM 194Freshman Seminar: (with forensic subtitle)3
CHEM 524Intermediate Analytical Chemistry3-5

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Students in the College of Health Sciences
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Students in Criminal Justice & Criminology
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