Please review the general & Forensic Science FAQ tabS to get information on pursuing the certificate and the field of Forensic science




How much of the certificate must be completed in residence at UT?

UT policy stipulates that at least half of the certificate courses (9 hours) must be taken in residence at UT.

What is a catalog and how do I know which one I’m under?

Catalogs span 2 full academic years. For example the 2014-2016 catalog covers Fall 2014 through Summer 2016. Catalogs are released every two even years. Each new catalog contains new degrees and updates to existing degrees, policies, and procedures. This is why it is very important to know and be familiar with the catalog under which you are pursuing your degree.

Your catalog eligibility depends on your mode of admission and whether you attended another college after graduating from high school:

1. If you attend UT Austin directly after completing high school then you would fall under the catalog that is in affect during your first semester of attendance here.

2. If you transfer into UT Austin after having attended a non-public Texas junior or senior college* or out of state college after graduating high school then you would be eligible for the catalog that is in affect when you attend your first semester at UT.

3. If you transfer to UT Austin from a Texas public junior or senior college* you would be eligible for the catalog that was in effect when you first attended the previous Texas public institution after graduating high school.

Note: If you are a student who attended more than one college after completing high school and/or have taken breaks during your academic career, determining your catalog eligibility may not be as clear-cut. Speak with your Academic Advisor to discuss your catalog options.

* Examples of Texas public colleges include Dallas County Community College, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and University of Houston. Examples of Texas private colleges include Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, and Trinity University.

My degree requirements are complete and I am graduating, but I still have some certificate courses to complete. Can I finish the certificate after graduating?

UT policy stipulates that students may complete a maximum of 9 hours toward a transcripted certificate after earning an undergraduate degree, and these hours must be completed within one year of earning the degree. 

If I take an approved course pass/fail could I apply it toward meeting the certificate requirements?

No. As the certificate requirements state, a C- or better must be earned in an approved course in order for it to count towards the certificate. Since the assigned final grade would be P, there is no way to verify that a student earned a C- or better as passing can include grades below a C-.

One of the forensic science courses is restricted. How do I get in the course?

The course being listed as an option on the certificate does not guarantee enrollment. You will need to work directly with the restricting department to see if you can add the course you want.

Always have backup options that are unrestricted and be prepared to be flexible with your schedule in order to complete the certificate in a timely manner (i.e. don’t wait several semesters for a specific course to be offered, there are no guarantees that it will be offered or available; prioritize accessible courses).

The course I want to take has pre-requisites. Can those be waived since I am completing the certificate?

No. Pre-requisites are in place so that a department can be sure that a student is prepared for the course. You must  fulfill any pre-requisites listed for a course in order to be eligible to take it. Keep in mind that many of the certificate courses do have pre-requisites, so if you are interested in completing the program, please plan ahead so that you complete the pre-requisite course(s) in time for you to take those specific courses of interest.

What if I want to pursue another certificate in addition to forensic science?

Taking on multiple certificates will require detailed planning to stay on track for four-year graduation. The sooner you can devise your graduation plan, the better. Work closely with your major advisor to review and plan your remaining major requirements so you can see clearly how much space you have to add in certificate requirements.

Then work closely with each certificate office to find out all of the certificate requirements and whether there are any options for overlap. Review the certificate requirements in conjunction with your major requirements and map a plan to graduation. Work with your major advisor if you need help planning once you know the requirements for each certificate of interest to you. 

Will I receive a paper certificate when I finish? 

No, but your transcript will reflect completion of the Certificate and you may list the Certificate on your resume or CV.