• Forensic Science Certificate

    Forensic Science Certificate

    The Forensic Science Certificate prepares biochemistry, biology, and chemistry majors to work in forensic science laboratories, and anthropology majors for graduate study leading to a career in forensic anthropology. 

    The Forensic Science Certificate is also for students with bachelor's degrees in the natural sciences from regionally accredited colleges or universities.


    Certificate Requirements

    The forensic science core:

    Three forensic science electives:

    • (topic must be approved by department chair)
    • CJFS 3985 - Special Topics in Forensic Science

    Choose a concentration:

    Natural science concentration

    The natural science concentration requires a major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry.

    Anthropology concentration

    (Note: CHEM 1500 - Advanced General Chemistry (with Lab) may be taken in place of CHEM 1130 and 1140)


    • To qualify for employment in the DNA section of a forensic science laboratory students must complete these courses or their equivalents:
      • BIOC 3820 - Biochemistry I
      • BIOL 3050 - Principles of Genetics
      • BIOL 3060 - Principles of Cell Biology
      • MATH 1200 - Statistics

    • Students planning a career with federal, state, or local forensic science laboratories should be aware that anyone seeking such employment will be expected to undergo an extensive background check. A criminal record or a history of controlled substance abuse (including cannabis) may result in disqualification from employment. Hamline University is unable to advise students as to whether a particular background might be problematic. Students are encouraged to contact their laboratories of interest to obtain information about specific policies.

    • 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 grade requirement, the repeated course credit will be changed to zero and the resulting grade will be excluded in the grade point average (GPA) computation. The GPA of all courses taken in the certificate must be 3.0 or higher and the cumulative GPA of all Hamline courses taken must be 3.0 or higher.

    • Students who hold a bachelor's degree may transfer up to four courses, with grades of C or better, from prior college to apply toward the certificate.

    • Violation of the Hamline University Student Honor Code may result in suspension from the Forensic Sciences Certificate Program.