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Forensic Science Fundamentals Certificate of Proficiency

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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).
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 29 credit hours is required for completion of the certificate program. CJ 1010 , COMM 1020 , CHEM 1210 /1215 , MICR 2054 , and ZOOL 1110  satisfy WSU General Education Requirements . A minimum of 14 credit hours in the program must be completed at Weber State University.
  • Program Code: 7050CP
  • CIPC: 430106

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

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