Forensic Science is the scientific method of gathering and analyzing evidence. It is carried out across a range of disciplines from accounting to zoology and most academic fields in between. Forensic science has gained recent media attention in its application to civil and criminal law. However, the field is much broader and includes the application of forensic science to accidents, natural and man-made disasters, historial/archaeological evaluations of death and life style to more contemporary establishment of death for criminal or civial purposes.
|Students work on a crime scene analysis in the AAFS lab.|
Our program recognizes multiple career tracks in forensic science: lab technicians/scientists and investigators/evidence technicians. These positions require training in a physical, life or clinical lab science (e.g. biology and chemistry). Forensic labs use trained investigators/evidence technicians to collect evidence. The program is designed to integrate science and investigations and provide a substantial complement to majors in other sciences, law, and health professions.
Unique Features of the Certificate
The practicum is a required fieldwork placement. The practicum is designed to complement the student's career interests (e.g., crime lab, medical examiners and forensic anthropology labs). In addition, the student receives hands-on laboratory experience in forensic biology and chemistry. Finally, students are involved in a Medico-legal Death Investigator Course, sponsored by the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University.
Applications are available at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, McGannon Hall Room 224. Students must:
- Complete the Arts and Sciences "Certificate Program Application Form".
- Provide a copy of their college transcripts.
- Provide a two-page personal statement (double spaced) of career plans explaining how the student will use the certificate to further their career ambitions.
Applications are reviewed as they arrive.