The Forensic Science Certificate provides an interdisciplinary perspective for students interested in careers in forensic science. This certificate is open to all undergraduate students at UT Austin. Students interested in seeking employment upon graduation in a forensic science laboratory or other field that requires a strong base in natural sciences, are encouraged to select biology and chemistry courses. Please note that some of these courses may require introductory biology and chemistry courses as prerequisites.

The certificate requires completion of 18 hours of approved coursework with a grade of C- or better. A minimum of 9 hours must be completed in residence at the University. Credit by exam can be applied toward the certificate requirements if the credit is for a specific course from the certificate courselist.

Students may also apply for the certificate within one year after earning their undergraduate degree. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree.

Please Note: If you are pursuing a degree from an earlier catalog than 2014 – 2016, please follow the requirements in the 2014-2016 catalog. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.



2018-2020 Catalog

An application for admission is required in order to pursue the Forensic Science Certificate

The application for admission will be available August 1st.

BSA Students: Please note that coursework undertaken for certificates may overlap with the Core curriculum, flags, and Honors coursework. Overlap is allowed between major coursework and certificate requirements. However, at least one course should come from outside of major coursework.

A minimum of 6 hours of upper division is required to complete the certificate requirements.

To review requirements and track your progress, download the complete certificate checklist.

* Denotes the flag(s) carried by a particular course. Flag designations are subject to change. Always check the current course schedule for the most up to date flag information for a course.


The Forensic Science Certificate is earned by completing the following coursework:


Complete three hours of Physical Anthropology:

  • Anthropology 301 - Physical Anthropology


A minimum of 6 hours of coursework must be chosen from any of the following areas:



   SOC 302 – Intro to Society

   SOC 325K – Criminology

   SOC 325L – Sociology of Criminal Justice

   SOC 336P – Social Psychology & the Law *EL


Behavioral Science


   PSY 301– Intro to Psychology

   PSY 308 – Biopsychology


   SOC 319K – Social Psychology

   SOC 352 – Abnormal Psychology



   NEU 365D– Principals of Drug Action

Forensic Science


   ANT 366 – Anatomy & Biology of the Human Skeleton


Nine hours chosen from any of the following areas:

Criminalistics, Behavioral Science, Pharmacology, Forensic Science

Additional coursework from these areas from options listed above

Anatomy & Physiology


   BIO 309D or BIO 365S– Human Systems Physiology

   BIO 446L – Anatomy - Human Microscopic & Gross Anatomy

   BIO 361T – Comparative Animal Physiology

   BIO 165U – Human Systems Physiology Lab

   BIO 371L – Experimental Physiology


   ANT 432L– Primate Anatomy



   CH 320M – Organic Chemistry I

   CH 320N – Organic Chemistry II

   CH 220C– Lab for Organic Chemistry

   CH 455 – Analytical Chemistry


   BCH 369 – Biochemistry

Genetics & Microbiology


   BIO 325 – Genetics

   BIO 325T – Human Genetics

   BIO 325L – Genetics Lab

   BIO 326R – Microbiology

   BIO 226L – Microbiology Lab


   ANT 349C - Human Variation

   ANT 349D – Anthropologicial Genetics

Statistics & Computation

A maximum of 3 hours of Statistics & Computation coursework may be applied toward the certificate requirements.

Statistical Data Science:

   SDS 301 – Elements of Statistical Methods

   SDS 302 – Data Analysis for Health Sciences

   SDS 304 – Statistics in Healthcare

   SDS 306 – Statistics in Market Analysis

   SDS 328M – Biostatistics


   BIO 321G – Computational Biology

Note: The Science/Statistics coursework is OPTIONAL but may be recommended for students interested in pursuing fields that require more of a science background. A maximum of 9 hours from the science/statistics can be applied toward the certificate requirements.