Forensic Science

Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)


Fall Admission Deadline: July 1


Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) are forensic science professionals with expertise in the evaluation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence from crime scenes and death scenes. The purpose of this graduate certificate in Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) is to provide students with a deep theoretical understanding of, and training and experience in, the application of proper procedures, methods and techniques of forensic investigation and evidence recovery. Students will obtain skills in the various approaches to examining and documenting crime scenes and in the proper handling, packaging, and transport of physical evidence to crime laboratories for further analysis. 

A significant component of this graduate certification program in CSI is to enable applied learning and support career development. It is the mission of the CSI program to foster critical thinking, knowledge, technical skills, ethics, discernment and humility in preparation for working in the medico-legal realm and with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the justice system. The CSI program prepares students for securing entry level forensic science positions with job titles such as crime scene investigator, crime scene technician, crime scene analyst, forensic investigator, forensic science technician and evidence technician.   

Application Requirements:

Applicants seeking admission to the Forensic Science CSI graduate certificate program must have a strong record of academic achievement with a bachelor’s degree or minor in criminology, criminal justice, biology or chemistry or relevant social science or natural science, and a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. In addition to admission to the UNCW Graduate School, admission requirements include:

  • Copy of official transcripts of all college coursework (undergraduate, and graduate if applicable)
  • A one or two-page (maximum) letter of interest (i.e., statement of purpose, statement of intent, letter of interest, or personal letter), detailing the applicant’s goals and how the Forensic Science: CSI Graduate Certificate Program will help meet those goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • For additional information, please contact: A. Midori Albert, PhD, 
  • To apply, please go to the home page and click the "Apply Now" button at the top right.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Be able to describe and explain the various forensic science specializations and the basic techniques and methods used in crime scene evidence collection and analysis.
  2. Be able to demonstrate skills in assessing and processing crime scenes and death scenes.
  3. Be able to properly collect forensic evidence through the application of appropriate techniques and methods.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses (18 credit hours)


  1. FSC 501 Forensic Science Foundations  
  2. FSC 502 Expert Testimony and Challenges in Court
  3. FSC 503 Seminar in Crime Scene Investigation Professional Development 


  1. FSC 504 Crime Scene Photography
  2. FSC 505 Death Investigations 
  3. FSC 506 Research in Forensic Science


Course Descriptions