Jan 27, 2021  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science Certificate

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Beth Butin, 413.552.2305, ebutin@hcc.edu


The Forensic Science Certificate is designed for those already in law enforcement who are interested in learning new technology and skills, or for incoming students who are not ready to enter a degree program. A Forensic Science Certificate will better 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 program, 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 and related regulations.



1Contact program coordinator about next offering.

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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