THE FORENSIC SCIENCE EDUCATION BLOG

The blog provides specific information to help you decide if forensic science is the right choice for you. With the inside scoop on forensic science professors, schools and training programs, as well as detailed information on the steps and requirements to become a forensics professional, the Forensic EDU blog is a fine place to begin your research.

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Becoming a forensic toxicologist requires a strong background in science and scientific method. Learn more about the requirements to become one, the paths from which one can choose, and the steps along those paths.

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Whether going out on a date, traveling through a foreign country, or interrogating a suspect in a crime, forensic psychology offers a wealth of tools to help decode people’s nonverbal behavior. These cues include gestures, vocal tones, body positioning, micro-expressions of the face, and a number of often subconscious indicators of people’s internal states.

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Mental illnesses have been found in some of the U.S.’s most loathsome killers throughout history, but it’s important to note that most people suffering from these illnesses do not commit any violent offenses.

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At any crime scene, tiny bits of information can be the difference between freedom and a life behind bars. From blood spatter patterns to DNA sequencing, forensic biology is the incredible field where crimes are analyzed at a molecular level.

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When there is only half a sandwich as crime scene evidence, forensic chemists are the best source for getting real criminal data. Whether it's new ways to collect hair and blood samples, or developing the most cutting edge technologies for lifting and analyzing fingerprints, forensic chemists are the people who are on the front lines of how we capture criminals.

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Although police officers depend on forensic science to be able to accurately solve cases, not every city truly embraces forensic scientists as full members of the investigation team. Fortunately, some of the best police departments in the US are making aggressive moves to increase the access that officers have to skilled forensic professionals.

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According to the American Psychological Association, forensic psychology is "the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena." This very broad definition helps to explain why there are so many different opportunities and paths for someone who chooses to pursue forensic psychology.

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Whether you're an up and coming forensic analyst or just someone who can't get enough of CSI, chances are you have heard a thing or two about blood spatter analysis. This field involves using the physics of fluids to help to determine the events of a (usually) violent crime by analyzing the placement of the blood droplets at the crime scene.

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Barry Franklin

Barry is Managing Editor of ForensicsColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Barry was previously VP for a financial software company, and currently sits on the board of a K-8 school and lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.