Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation is designed for professionals working in the forensic sciences community who seek to enhance their credentials and advance their career. Certificate holders who are admitted to the Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation may apply this coursework towards the degree program.

Prerequisite: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

Required: The general requirements stated in the Bulletin of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study consists of 15 credit hours of approved course work.


Required Courses (15 credits)

FORS 6207  Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6251  Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252  Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6257  Medicolegal Death Investigations
FORS 6256  Forensic Pathology

Elective Courses (3 credits)

FORS 6203  Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204  Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6255  Investigation of Child Abuse
FORS 6258  Investigation of Sexual Assault

The certificate will be successfully completed upon completion of the 18 credit hours with an average GPA of 3.0. Upon completion of the certificate, students can apply for the MFS with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation after taking the GRE examination. The certificate will count toward 18 credits of the MFS with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation.

The student must be accepted as a certificate student and register for classes under this designation. The certificate is not a non-degree program.

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Microscopic Crime Fighting

Microscopic Crime Fighting

At the microscope laboratory, a Mettler hot stage and comparison microscope are available for refractive index measurements. Two comparison microscopes and numerous transmitted light microscopes provide the means to examine hairs, fibers, glass, and soil.