The Certificate of Proficiency in Forensic Science Fundamentals provides a foundational basis to understand the interface between natural science and justice systems. This program is designed to augment physical, life and health science programs of study by providing theory and skills for graduates seeking employment in the governmental or commercial forensic science sector.
Program Admission and Prerequisites: There are no special admission requirements. Students entering the certificate program must have fundamental college level math and science preparation completed prior to registering for CHEM 1210/1215.
Grade Requirements: A minimum grade of “C” in all courses counted toward completion of the certificate (no “C-” grades allowed).
All declared Forensic Science Fundamental students are assigned to the Director of Forensic Science Programs in the Department of Criminal Justice for advising. Courses should be completed in conjunction with your major program of study. Your science major advisor and the Director of Forensic Science Programs can assist you in planning completion of the certificate program. Questions about the program can be directed to the Director of Forensic Science Programs (Dr. Brent Horn, 801-626-8843) or the Department of Criminal Justice (801-626-6146).
Program Learning Outcomes
Recognize the key elements of the criminal justice system
Describe the interface between the forensic scientist, physical evidence, and the criminal justice system
Orally communicate comfortable in front of an audience
Understand fundamental concepts of chemistry and biology