Information Sessions

Thursday, February 1st, 2018  

5:00 – 6:00pm @ WAG 214





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 in forensic science laboratories upon graduation 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. There is no admission required for the certificate. Students must apply for the certificate during the semester in which they are completing the requirements and graduating with their degree. Students may also apply for the certificate within one year after they graduate. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree. Click here to download the complete certificate checklist.

BSA Students Only: Any mathematics and science coursework must be completed with grades of at least C- to fulfill BSA degree requirements. Coursework undertaken for certificates may overlap with the Core curriculum, writing flags, the quantitative reasoning flag, and Honors coursework. 3 hours MAXIMUM of major coursework may overlap with a transcript-recognized certificate. Overlap is PROHIBITED with the Language, Arts, and Culture requirements.

* Indicates courses that do not appear in the 14-16 catalog, but have been approved to count toward the Forensic Science Certificate.

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


Complete a minimum of 3 hours but no more than 6 hours of forensic science chosen from the following:

  • ANT 301 Physical Anthropology
  • ANT 324L Forensic Anthropology (this topic only) (No longer offered)
  • ANT 366 Anatomy & Biology of the Human Skeleton
  • PHY 341 Forensic Science*


Complete a minimum of 6 hours but no more than 12 hours chosen from the following courses:

Note: The courses do not have to be selected from the same discipline.

  • Criminalistics: SOC 302, 325K, 325L, 336P*, PHL 347*
  • Behavioral Science: PSY 301, 308, 319K, 352
  • Pharmacology: NEU 365D


To reach the minimum of 18 hours required for the certificate, a maximum of 8 hours may be selected from any of the following courses:

Note: The courses do not have to be selected from the same discipline.

  • Anatomy & Physiology: BIO 309D or 365S, 446L, 361T, 165U, 371L; ANT 432L*
  • Chemistry: CH 220C, 320M, 320N, 455, BCH 369
  • Genetics & Microbiology: BIO 325, 325T, 325L, 226L, 326R, 349D*
  • Statistics & Computation: One course chosen from the following list: BIO 321G, SDS (formerly SSC) 302, 304, 306, 328M, M316 


Please Note: These policies and procedures are for students seeking their degree under the 2014-2016 or earlier catalog ONLY. If you are seeking your degree under a different, later catalog, please refer to the drop down page on the menu bar to the left for your specific policies and procedures. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.