Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Bulletin

ArrowUWM Undergraduate Bulletin
ArrowForensic Science Certificate Programs

(l-r) Jonna Pinion (Death Investigation), Katie Bacon (Death Investigation, Forensic Science, and Forensic Toxicology), and Josette Herriges (Death Investigation)
2002 Graduates
(l-r) Jonna Pinion (Death Investigation), Katie Bacon (Death Investigation, Forensic Science, and Forensic Toxicology), and Josette Herriges (Death Investigation)
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, Criminal Justice Programs, and Departments of Anthropology and Chemistry cooperate in offering three certificates in the area of forensic science. Sponsored jointly by the College of Letters and Science and the College of Health Sciences and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, these certificate curricula are designed to train students in basic skills that will provide the foundation for careers in the fields of law enforcement, death investigation, pathology, and toxicology. Certificates will be offered in...

ArrowCertificate in Death Investigation
ArrowCertificate in Forensic Science
ArrowCertificate in Forensic Toxicology

Where applicable, the curriculum will meet the criteria required for professional certification examinations (Medicolegal Death Investigation, Toxicological Chemist).

Undergraduate students who pursue a forensic science certificate maintain their identity as majors in their original departments and continue to progress toward a baccalaureate degree while in the certificate program. Courses include lecture presentations and laboratory experiences that cover fundamental areas of forensic science, and provide unique instruction on techniques that are essential in the specific certificates. Students are given instruction by faculty at UWM and forensic professionals in the Milwaukee Community. Any of the programs may be taken as a post-baccalaureate educational certificate program. Individuals who are not enrolled in a degree program at UWM, but are seeking continuing education for career development, may be admitted to courses in the certificate programs by meeting prerequisites with equivalent experience or consent of the instructor.

For more information concerning continuing education registration visit the UWM Office of Adult and Returning Student Services web page.

Curricular Requirements

To receive one of the following certificates, students must complete at least one half of the required credits on the UWM campus. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be achieved on the required credits.

Core Courses required for all three certificates:
Crim. Justice 110   Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
ACCC 281 Dead Men Do Tell Tales: An Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credits)
Crim. Justice 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation

[Note: the abbreviation ACCC is used in the course listings below to represent the four departments that are jointly-offering these courses, Anthro/Chem/C L Sci/CrmJst; students may enroll in the courses under any of the four curricular areas.]


  • Some required courses have prerequisites. Please see an advisor in your school or college.
  • Some courses are not offered every semester. Please see an advisor for scheduling guidance.

For additional information on the certificate programs:

Students in the College of Health Sciences contact,
Kate Brondino
Enderis 810
Phone: 414-229-4806

Students in the College of Letters and Science contact,
Jim Klingbiel
Holton 149
Phone: 414-229-6932
Appointments: 414 229-4654

Students in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare contact,
Kelby Spann
Enderis 1013
Phone: 414-229-6042

All other students contact:
Fred Anapol, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Forensic Science
Phone: 414-229-0510