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    Forensic Science Certificate at Hamline

    The Forensic Science Certificate prepares students with majors in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry to work in forensic science laboratories, and students with majors in anthropology, biochemistry or biology to work in medical examiner’s offices and other medico-legal forensic science workplaces.  

    The forensic science certificate is designed for students pursuing a career in venues such as local, state, or federal forensic science laboratories, medical examiner/coroner offices. The forensic science certificate at Hamline is interdisciplinary by design and exposes students to the application of scientific principles and analytical methods to criminal and civil investigations.

    The Forensic Science Certificate is also available for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a natural science.

    A student interested in completing the forensic science certificate at Hamline University must complete the following certificate requirements:

    Seven (7) required courses:

    • BIOL 3050 - Principles of Genetics
    • BIOL 3060 - Principles of Cell Biology
    • CHEM 1130 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1140 - General Chemistry II
    • CJFS 3400 - Survey of the Forensic Sciences
    • CJFS 3650 - Forensic Sciences Internship Note: Students majoring in criminal justice may take their internship through CJFS 5660: Capstone and Internship in Criminal Justice.
    • CJFS 5400 – Forensic Science Seminar

    One course chosen from: 

    • CJFS 1120 - Crime and Justice in America
    • LGST 1110 - Legal Systems in American Society

    One course chosen from:

    • CJFS 1140 – Introduction to Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Methods
    • ECON 1330 - Statistics
    • MATH 1200 - Statistics and Data Analysis
    • PSY 1340 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    12-16 approved elective credits taken from the following three categories:

    a. Legal Studies/Law (4 credits):

    • LAW 5450 - Wrongful Convictions (2 credits; taught in the Law School)
    • LGST 3680 - Law of Evidence for Legal Professionals
    • CJFS 3710 - Criminal Law and Practice
    • CJFS 3720 - Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedure

    b.  Criminal Justice Theory (4 credits):

    • CJFS 3750 – Theories of Criminal Behavior

    c. Topical courses (4-8 credits):

    • ANTH 3500 - Forensic Anthropology and accompanying lab
    • BIOL 3830 - Applied Biotechnology and accompanying lab
    • CHEM 3330 - Instrumental Methods
    • CJFS 3410: Crime Scene Investigation
    • CJFS 3430: Forensic Document Examination
    • CJFS 3440: Forensic Fingerprint Examination
    • CJFS 3450: Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Examination
    • CJFS 3980: Forensic Pathology
    • ANTH 3500: Forensic Anthropology
    • CJFS 3600 – Forensic Chemical Microscopy and accompanying lab
    • CJFS 3610 – Forensic Toxicology


    1. Students pursuing a forensic science certificate who already have completed a natural science degree can transfer a maximum of two courses, with grades of C or better, from prior college work to apply toward the certificate.
    2. Relevant courses from other colleges will be considered through petition to the director of the program.
    3. No course in which the grade received is less than a C may be used to meet certificate requirements. If a Hamline course is repeated to meet this Forensic Sciences certificate grade requirement, the repeated course credit will be changed to zero and the resulting grade will be excluded in the grade point average computation. The grade point average of all courses taken in the certificate must be 2.7 or higher and the cumulative GPA of all Hamline courses taken must be 3.0 or higher.
    4. Violation of the Hamline University Student Honor Code may result in suspension from the Forensic Sciences Certificate Program.