Though students of any academic background can enroll, the Certificate in Forensic Science at FranU is designed to be completed in combination with our Biology Biochemical Analysis degree program. By combining these programs, students are provided with a greater depth of knowledge in the areas of chemical concepts, instrumentation and analysis.
Through the program curriculum grounded in the application of forensic science practices, students will become skilled professionals ready to enter the workforce. Students completing this certificate will be ready to serve those most in need by striving to provide justice and fairness for victims of crimes.
In the Forensic Science Certificate program, you’ll take courses in subjects like biology and chemistry, giving you the foundation needed to thrive in the industry. Our supportive and respected faculty will guide you through your course of study and prepare you for success in your career, whether in or outside of the lab. Your courses will cover topics such as:
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The Forensic Science Certificate program curriculum includes a total 24 credit hours of study. Students will start with 6 hours of biology and 6 hours of organic chemistry courses. After that, students should be able to complete the remaining requirements within 1 year.
In addition to the foundational courses in biology and chemistry, students will also take Criminalistics - BIOL 3385 and Forensic Chemistry - CHEM 4350. Students will also choose two certificate electives. Students may choose between:
For admission into the Forensic Science Certificate program, students are required to:
Further considerations for admissions for transfer students include:
United with the mission and drivers of the Biology program, the mission of the Certificate in Forensic Science program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in forensic science. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.
Both the Biology program and forensic science certificate program have an important role in preparing students for lab intensive careers.
FranU’s forensic science and biology faculty members are highly skilled professionals with extensive subject area expertise and a passion to teach students how to apply scientific knowledge to their future careers in forensic science and beyond.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers in the forensic science industry are expected to grow at a rate of 11% over the next ten years – that’s much faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS also reports that, nationally, forensic scientists earn a median annual salary of $61,930. On a local scale, Salary.com notes that the average forensic scientist in Louisiana makes $66,603 annually.
Crime scene investigators and forensic scientists or technicians often work in a specific jurisdiction, sometimes traveling to many locations and crime scenes in order to record and process evidence. Careers in forensic science, even those that are laboratory focused, are very hands-on and interactive, involving an eye for detail, the ability to follow guidelines and processes closely and the ability to think critically and logically to solve complicated problems.
As you search for employment in the forensic science field, it is important to consider that employment in a field related to forensic science requires an extensive background check. Components of this background check may include any or all of the following: criminal background checks, polygraph tests, credit checks, drug tests, and interviews of family, friends and professional acquaintances. Any questions regarding this consideration should be directed towards the lab or agency in which you intend to seek future employment.
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Laboratory fees are associated with certain courses. Course material and textbook fees may also be required for this program and can vary in cost.
Yes. FranU is committed to helping students find ways to finance their education through federal, state, and institutional funds. We are one of the most affordable Catholic universities, with a large percentage of our student body receiving financial aid of some kind.
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The Certificate in Forensic Science consists of 24 credit hours. The program length is flexible depending on how many courses you would like to take each semester. After the completion of the biology and organic chemistry requirements, it is possible to complete the remaining coursework in one year.
Courses can be completed in a three-credit hour per semester capacity (one course per semester), which allows students additional flexibility in scheduling. At this pace, students can expect to complete the forensic science certificate program in eight semesters, or four years.
Interested in learning more about FranU’s Biology bachelor’s degree program? The Forensic Science Certificate complements both the Biology Human Medicine and Biology Biochemical Analysis program tracks.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The Forensic Science Certificate program at FranU will help you develop the hands-on skills and experiences you need to enter the forensic science profession.
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|CHEM 2310 - General Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2311 - General Organic Chemistry II||3|
|BIOL 3385 - Criminalistics||3|
|CHEM 4350 - Forensic Chemistry||3|
|Curriculum Credit Hours||24|
*Certificate electives include: CHEM 2410 - Quantitative Analysis, CHEM 3320 - Instrumental Analysis, CHEM 4330 - Toxicology, CHEM 4340 - Drugs of Abuse.
**After completing the initial 6 hours of biology and 6 hours of organic chemistry, students should be able to complete the remaining requirements within 1 year.