Certificate in Forensic Science

forensicscienceThe Certificate in Forensic Science, jointly administered by the School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Anthropology, allows undergraduates to obtain recognition for completing coursework that provides a foundational coursework in biology and anthropology to prepare for additional study in forensic sciences. Careers for which a certificate in Forensic Science may be appropriate include forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, death investigation, crime scene investigation, forensic biology, forensic genetics, forensic botany, forensic toxicology, and forensic entomology.


Although the certificate will not appear on a student’s transcript, students completing the certificate are free to use this credential on a resume or application for advanced study and will have the option to receive an official certificate document.


For completion of the certificate, students must do the following:

  1. Declare their intention to complete the certificate and develop a plan of study in by completing the online form
  2. Choose which certificate track you intend to follow: A.) Complete four courses selected from the list below. B.) Complete three courses selected from the list below and participate in at least one practicum to be approved by an IB or Anthropology advisor.
  3. Complete the online checklist no later than the 10th day of classes in the student’s final term to affirm that the requirements for the certificate have been met or will be met at the completion of the that term.

Students opting to complete the certificate with a practicum must receive approval from an IB advisor prior to undertaking the practicum. Options for a practicum may include, but are not limited to, the following: volunteering, research, experience abroad, internships, or job shadowing. Practicums should comprise at least twenty supervised hours of experience aligned with the certificate. Students need to complete the online practicum approval form prior to undertaking the experience.



Students are not guaranteed a seat in a course required by the certificate, but are welcome to enroll in courses where seats are available after any restriction, which may have been placed, has been removed.