• Forensic Sciences Certificate

    Forensic Science Certificate

    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 also available for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a natural science from an accredited college or university.

    Required Courses

    Students must complete the following 5 required courses.

    General Chemistry

    Students must complete General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

    • or

    One Course from the following:


    One Course from the following:


    Legal Studies/Law, 4 credits


    Criminal Justice, 4 credits


    Topical Courses

    4-8 credits (Must take at least two topical courses for a minimum of four topical credits).


    1. Postbaccalaureate students: a maximum of two courses, with grades of C or better, from prior college work can 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.