What can I do with a certificate in forensic science?

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.

Employment in the Forensic Science field 

How much does the forensic science certificate program cost?

You can utilize our Tuition Calculator to determine estimated costs.

Laboratory fees are associated with certain courses. Course material and textbook fees may also be required for this program and can vary in cost.

Is financial aid available to students in the certificate program?

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.

To learn more about financing options available to you, such as federal student aid, scholarships and more, visit the Financial Aid page.

How long will it take to complete the Forensic Science Certificate?

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.