Forensic Science is the application of a broad range of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. Criminal investigation uses various applications of sciences to answer questions related to the examination and comparison of biological evidence (e.g. DNA), trace evidence, impression evidence (e.g. fingerprints), controlled substances (toxicology) and firearms.
|Students work on a crime scene analysis in the AAFS lab.|
Our program recognizes two major career tracks in forensic science: crime lab technicians/scientists and investigators/evidence technicians. Scientists do all the actual tests of evidence in a crime lab. These positions require a bachelor's degree in a physical, life or clinical lab science (e.g. biology and chemistry). Crime labs use trained investigators/evidence technicians to go to the crime scene and collect evidence. The certificate education is designed to integrate science and criminal investigations and provide a substantial complement to majors in other social 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, police detective bureau, or a homicide division). In addition, the student receives hands-on laboratory experience in 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.