Graduate Certificate: Forensic Chemistry


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Forensic Chemistry.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Forensic Chemistry provides advanced academic credentials for the working professional seeking training beyond the baccalaureate degree. The certificate program is designed to introduce students to a portfolio of knowledge and experience that enables them to tackle problems in forensic, environmental and other areas of chemistry. Other objectives include providing:

  • a theoretical understanding of major concepts in forensic chemistry,
  • a range of practical skills in forensic chemistry, and
  • knowledge and skills applicable to academia, industry and government.

The certificate program in Forensic Chemistry includes core requirements in current topics in data analysis; forensic chemistry; and law, ethics and policy. Annual symposia are held wherein leaders in the field of forensic science present on current topics and developments in the field of forensics and forensic chemistry. Courses may be conducted as hands-on training in a modular forensic chemistry laboratory.

Campus Location: Main, Ambler

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the program director for more information.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students can take up to 9 credits on a non-matriculated basis. When they complete 9 credits, they must declare their intention to complete the graduate certificate in Forensic Chemistry by completing and submitting the “Non-Degree Seeking Student Request to Exceed 9 Credits of Graduate Coursework for Certificate Program," found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms.”

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 13

Required Courses:

CHEM 5108Investigative Chemistry4
CHEM 8001Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science3
Select two from the following: 16
Biotransformation of Drugs and Xenobiotics
Advanced Forensic Chemistry
Forensic Toxicology
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Separations
Total Credit Hours13

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Chemistry

130 Beury Hall

1901 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6078


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Program Director:

Susan Jansen-Varnum, PhD