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How do I Choose the Best Forensic Science Colleges?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 03 September 2018
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There are four items to consider when choosing forensic science colleges: admissions requirements, accreditation, faculty quality, and type of work. A forensic science college can offer university or college degrees. The schools are typically organized inside a larger university or college, as many of the courses required for this program are also mandatory for other science programs.

Forensic science colleges within a university usually offer both undergraduate and graduate level programs. An undergraduate program is typically four years in length, with a course load that is predominately science courses. In the senior years, several laboratory-based courses teach the technical skills required to work in a forensic laboratory.

At the college level, forensic science colleges offer a two-year program that focuses on the technical skills required to collect, store, transport, and analyze evidence. Scientific principles and concepts are taught and reinforced with laboratory work. Upon graduation, candidates can apply for opportunities in a forensics or crime lab.

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In order to qualify for admission to forensic science college, high school courses in biology, chemistry, English, and technology are required. As the popularity of this program has increased, so have the minimum standards. If you are looking at the best forensic science college in the country or state, take note that the admissions standard is higher to reflect the increased demand. If you do not have the very best marks in your class, think about applying to schools that offer programs that you are interested in or will help your career later on. The best program is always one where you will be both challenged and successful.

When looking for a forensic science college, check the accreditation status. An accredited school has been reviewed by an independent third party. Courses from an accredited school can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. This is very important, as over 20 percent of all students transfer schools before completing their education. Accredited schools are able to offer students access to government student aid programs.

Most forensic science colleges provide the biographies of their faculty or instructors on their websites. The information provided typically includes the academic credentials, research focus, publications, and any awards they have received. Look at the type of experience they have and the range of settings. Many forensic scientists go into teaching at the middle or later stages of their careers.

Take the time to consider what type of work is required to complete this type of program. Many people have a sanitized idea of what is involved in the forensic sciences. Much of the evidence is related to body fluids, secretions, or cells. An entire specialty area of forensics is focused on insects and their role in the decomposition process.

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