Forensic Investigation (Graduate Certificate)

Certificate Requirements
LAW 500Basic Forensic Pathology and Death Investigation3
LAW 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
Restricted Electives
Select twelve credit hours from the following: 112
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Introduction to Computer Forensics
Forensic Entomology
LAW 596-599
Special Topics
Moot Court
Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Advanced Research Methods
Research and Publication
LAW 696-699
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours18

At least six credit hours must be 600-level.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing of an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Satisfactory completion of an oral examination.*
  5. Satisfactory completion of a written examination.*

*The Executive Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Science and a committee appointed by Missouri Western State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies will determine successful completion of these exams.

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