Forensic Science Certificate of Achievement


This program provides a broad view of forensics as it pertains to investigations, adjudication and evidentiary matters.  This program explores the fundamental scientific and mathematical concepts of investigative practices, evidence collection, and the guiding legal principles.  Career opportunities: Federal, State, County, and Municipal Crime Scene Units, Forensics laboratories, and Medical Examiner’s Office.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • State and explain the fundamental concepts of chemistry, biology, geometry, and physics as these pertain to forensic investigations.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence guidelines for the presentation of expert testimony, forensic evidence and lay witnesses.
  • Describe the role of laboratories and other scientific and medical services including chemistry, toxicology, serology, biology, odontology, ballistics, and psychiatry in forensic investigations.
  • Apply appropriate investigative procedures and techniques in collecting analyzing and preserving physical evidence from a crime scene.

First Semester

CHM-100Introduction to Chemistry


CRJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice


CRJ-108Topics in Criminal Justice


CRJ-111Criminal Investigation


CRJ-120Practical Criminal Evidence


CRJ-108: Special Topics Course: Introduction to Forensics.

Total Credit Hours: 16

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

Students enrolled in this program ARE NOT REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.