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Forensic Investigation (Post-Bachelor's Certificate)

The Certificate Program in Forensic Investigation is designed for students who have earned a four-year bachelor's degree in another discipline from an accredited college or university who wish to acquire competence in the area of forensic investigation. This program is not designed to train forensic investigators; rather, its aim is to educate personnel whose professional scope and practice interfaces with the criminal justice system. This program can assist students as a foundation in their pursuit of advanced degrees in forensic specialties including physical / forensic anthropology and forensic psychology among others. The Program is offered by the Department in cooperation with the Department of Criminal Justice (W.S.U.), the Department of Biomedical Engineering (W.S.U.), the offices of the Wayne County Medical Examiner, the Oakland County Medical Examiner, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), among others.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to graduates of four-year baccalaureate programs in any accredited college or university who have a grade point average of 2.50 or better. Students whose degree is from Wayne State should apply directly to the program through the Office of Student Affairs, 259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600, Detroit MI 48201; those from other institutions must submit the University application for undergraduate admission. All application materials must be received by June 1 for fall admission only. Student informational interviews are conducted by members of the admissions committee prior to placement in the fall semester. All students admitted to the post-bachelor certificate program are expected to complete a Plan of Work during their first semester in the program. For information and application forms, contact the:

Department of Applied Health Sciences
Forensic Investigation Program
5439 Woodward Ave.
Detroit MI 48202
313-577-2050; Fax: 313-577-4456

Program Requirements

The candidate for the post-baccalaureate Certificate in Forensic Investigation must complete the following program with a grade point average of 2.50 or above and completed all coursework at Wayne State University with a minimum of a C. Total credits for completion is a minimum of twenty-four credits.

Required Courses
ANT 5180Forensic Anthropology3
or CRJ 4220 Criminalistics
MS 4010Forensic Laboratory Standards3
MS 4011Interview and Interrogation Techniques3
MS 4200Introduction to Forensic Anatomic Pathology3
MS 5010Forensic Analysis2
MS 5011Forensic Investigation of Firearms, Ballistics, and Explosives4
Select a minimum of six semester credits from the following:6
Clinical Forensic Pathology
Expert Witness
Special Topics in Mortuary Science
Independent Study'
Directed Study
Loss, Grief and Stress
Special Topics in Mortuary Science
Advanced Case Studies in Forensics
Special Topics in Mortuary Science
Total Credits24
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