Colleges that Offer Forensic Science Degree Programs

Degrees in this field are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level and combine elements of biology and chemistry with U.S. law. In addition to coursework, hands-on learning is also vital to any forensic science program.

How to Select a Forensic Science School

When selecting a forensic science school, it's important that students understand what they can do with the various degree levels. A Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science is most often required for entry-level employment. Students can also pursue a B.S. in Pre-Forensic Science, which entails a chemistry or biology major and prepares students for graduate study. Students may also want to consider a bachelor's to master's degree program. These accelerated degree programs often cater to students' undergraduate coursework. If a student has majored in biology as part of his or her pre-forensic curriculum, he or she can be on track for a master's degree specialization in forensic biology. Master's degree programs also offer specialties in forensic chemistry or forensic toxicology.

Other things to consider when choosing a school:

  • When searching out the appropriate program, it's important for students to find one that's accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.
  • Students may also want to find a school that offers clinical courses and is affiliated with local forensic science laboratories.

10 Schools with Forensic Science Programs

College/University Institution Type
University of Central Florida 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 4-year, Public
Florida International University 4-year, Public
Riverside Community College 2-year, Public
City College of San Francisco 2-year, Public
University of Maryland - University College 4-year, Public
Pima Community College 2-year, Public
East Lost Angeles College 2-year, Public
Virginia Commonwealth University 4-year, Public

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