Forensic Science

Your future in Forensic Science

Do you like a good mystery? One that tests your scientific knowledge and requires top-notch problem-solving skills? One that requires strong analytical skills to examine evidence and re-create a crime scene? These are some of the skills you need for a successful career in the fast-growing field of forensic science.

A Certification in Forensic Science at the University of North Texas can lead to careers in:

  • Arson investigation
  • Ballistics or firearm analysis
  • DNA analysis
  • Drug and trace analysis

What we offer

The Forensic Science certification program is available to Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry majors. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in a crime laboratory or federal agency, and prepares you for medical school if you want to become a medical examiner.

Our strong curriculum follows the recommendations of the National Institute of Justice and primes you for the American Board of Criminalistics certification test.

You will receive instruction from nationally certified faculty members who conduct ongoing research in forensic science and have provided expert testimony in high-profile court cases. Our distinguished faculty includes Dr. Harrell Gill-King, a world- renowned forensic anthropologist who helped identify victims of the Oklahoma City bombings, World Trade Center tragedy and Hurricane Katrina.

We have the same cutting-edge equipment used in top crime labs across the nation. Uses range from gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for arson investigations to high-performance liquid chromatography for drug and trace analysis from a crime scene. Our facilities include a new criminalistics lab specializing in fingerprint, ballistic and laser analysis.

We are one of only 35 programs accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80904, telephone 719-636-1100). This distinction means we meet or exceed high standards for excellence in education.

What to expect

You can take courses in your major and the 19 credit hours of required forensic science course work simultaneously. The forensic science course work covers Introduction to Criminalistics, Forensic Microscopy and Instrumental Analysis. You must also successfully complete the Forensic Science Assessment Test.

You will be required to participate in an internship. Faculty members will work closely with you to help find an internship that fits your interest area. Internships are available in:

  • Crime labs
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic chemistry labs
  • Forensic DNA/genetics labs

How to enroll at unt

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.

HOW TO apply to the program

Incoming freshmen

  • Apply and be accepted to UNT
  • Fulfill the College of Sciences' math requirement
  • Complete the program application online
  • Complete an interview with Dr. Teresa Golden, forensic science program director

Transfer students

  • Complete 30 hours of college course work
  • Fulfill the College of Sciences' math requirement
  • Complete the program application online
  • Complete an interview with Dr. Teresa Golden, forensic science program director

Your overall grade point average is also considered when applying to the program.


Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.