Forensic Science Classes for Students (a work-in-progress!)
Welcome! I'm trying to collect in one place all of the forensic science schools, degrees and certificate programs out there for new students looking to start their careers. It's the kind of thing I wish I had had back when I was just getting started. It can be tough choosing where to go to continue your education, what branch of forensics to study, or what kind of job to pursue once you're graduated. Fortunately, though, it's getting easier and easier to find a program because of the huge number springing up around the country. Hopefully you can take something useful from these pages to help you along the way.
The Coolest Job in the 21st Century
If you've ever wanted to work in crime-scene investigation, whether as a CSI first-responder or forensics examiner, ask yourself a couple questions first: are you better-than-average at science, do you have a head for puzzles and a good mystery, and a real desire to do something worthwhile in the world? If you answered yes, then take a look here. I've tried my best to offer an overview of all the forensic science classes and curricula available in the United States. It's an ongoing project, and I hope to add more states in the future.
No doubt, forensics can be a tough field to get into, especially if you don't know too many folks doing this kind of work for a living. And until recently, there were only a handful of schools that taught forensic crime scene investigation, and they were usually brand-new, unaccredited programs 1000 miles from your house. But all of this has changed. Every other television show these days hypes some avenue of forensic science investigation, and the nature of the world we live in has created a huge demand for people qualified to do forensics. You'll be pleased to know that there are tons of rock-solid forensics programs and forensics classes out there now. It doesn't matter whether you're twenty years out of high school, or an overeager 9th grader looking to college. There's a forensics degree program that will fit you. And unlike your friends who are left wondering, "what next?" after graduating, you can be all-but-certain that you'll be the one getting the calls about the forensic jobs, instead of peddling your resume around town.