Information Sessions

Thursday, February 1st, 2018  
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ WAG 214


Forensic Findings: Forensic Networking Event
Monday, February 12, 2018
2:30pm - 5:00pm @ WCH 1.108


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 or other fields that require a science background, 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 Forensic Sciece Certificate requires completion of 18 hours of approved coursework, including a minimum of 6 hours of upper division coursework with a grade of C- or better. A minimum of 9 hours must be completed in residence at the University. A certificate may be transcripted up to one year after graduating. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree. Click here to download the complete certificate checklist.


AN APPLICATION is required for admission into the FORENSIC SCIENCE certificate program.  Please submit the application here.


Pursuing a Major Outside of the College of Natural Sciences:  In order to enroll in the certificate program for the Fall 2018 semester, you must submit the above application by May 5, 2018.


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, 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. Overlap is PROHIBITED with the Language, Arts, and Culture requirements.

Please Note: These policies and procedures are for students seeking their degree under the 2016-2018 catalog ONLY. If you are pursuing your degree under a different catalog, please refer to the appropriate link on the lefthand menu for your specific policies and procedures. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.


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

Complete three hours of Physical Anthropology:

  • Anthropology 301 Physical Anthropology

Complete a minimum of 6 hours chosen from the following courses:

  • Criminalistics: Sociology 302, 325K, 325L, 336P-(EL), Philosophy 347-(EL)
  • Behavioral Science: Psychology 301, 308, 319K, 352
  • Pharmacology: Neuroscience 365D
  • Forensic Science: Anthropology 366, Physics 341-Forensic Science

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

Letters in parenthesis denote the flag(s) the course carries. Flag designations are subject to change. Always check the current course schedule for the most up to date flag information for a course.

* Denotes courses that have been approved to count toward the certificate but are not listed in the catalog.


A maximum of 9 hours may be selected from any of the following courses:

Note: Courses below are optional and if taken do not need to be selected within the same discipline. You are encouraged to take coursework in Biology or Chemistry if you plan to pursue a field that requires a foundation in the natural sciences.

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