2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medicolegal Death Investigation Certificate


Michael Sponsler, sponsler@syr.edu

Professor of Chemistry, Director of Curricular Programs for the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse University

1-133 Center Sci & Tech



Kathleen Corrado, Brian Ehret, Robert Stoppacher, Jonathan Adelman, James Crill, Ulrich Englich, James Hewett, Michael Marciano, Robert Silver, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler

Program Description:

The Certificate in Medicolegal Death Investigation is a 12-credit program intended primarily for students who have a career interest in death investigation.  The Certificate serves as an indication that the student has had a concentration of courses in this field and is ready to embark on this career path.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Define the field of forensic science and describe how it overlaps with their particular interests

2. Describe the relationship and interplay between forensic science and the legal system

3. Appreciate the importance of ethical standards and describe the means through which such standards are upheld in forensic science

4. Demonstrate how crime scenes are processed, how chain of custody is preserved and documented, and how medicolegal death investigators and crime scene investigators work together

5. Explain the duties of a medicolegal death investigator


Transfer Credit

Maximum of 3 credits

Part-time Study

May be pursued


Certificate in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Total Credits: 12 (limit of 3 transfer credits)