Courses & Programs

Forensic Science Certificate

Elizabeth Butin

Faculty, Forensic Science

Science, Engineering & Math

Frost 174

413.552.2305 (Tel)

what will you learn?

A Forensic Science Certificate will prepare existing law enforcement personnel for advancement in the field and hopeful law enforcement personnel for entry into a highly competitive field.


Upon completion of this degree students will be able to:

  • Practice good laboratory techniques ensuring safety, quality control, and quality assurance.
  • Create well-organized, informed, and effective written reports and scientific articles.
  • Supply informed, concise, and unbiased expert witness testimony.
  • Properly collect, preserve, and process evidence using various scientific techniques.

The Forensic Science Certificate will be an in-house certificate that is specialized and not intended for transfer. Students selecting this major should be advised that employers in Forensic Science related occupational fields conduct both CORI (Criminal Offense Record Act) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Informational) checks pursuant to Chapter 6, Sections 172-178 of the Massachusetts General Laws related regulations.

what will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce!  Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

24-26 total credits

15 credits program requirements + 9-11 credits electives (select 3)

Depending on course selection, approximately 80% of this program can be completed online.

program requirements


electives (select 3)


Principles of Chemistry I, Inorganic Chemistry I: Degree seeking students only.

Introduction to Forensic Science, FRS 101: Students planning to major in the Forensic Science degree program should not consider taking FRS 100. This course does not count towards the Forensic Science major.

Program Electives: Students strongly encouraged to select at least one CRJ designated course.

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