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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The term 'detective' may summon up images of the fast-moving, sleekly-dressed characters of James "Sonny" Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo "Rico" Thomas (Philip Michael Thomas) from Miami Vice or the equally adept, somewhat charming and insightful Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) from "Murder, She Wrote."

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Blow flies, flesh flies, maggots and carcass beetles -- not what most people think about on a regular basis unless they work in the field of forensic entomology. This is the study of insects as related to legal investigations, but actually goes much deeper than that particularly for crime scenes and criminal investigations.

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Most online programs in forensic psychology are available at the graduate level, since graduate students have typically already gained the rudimentary knowledge in the field through face-to-face learning at the bachelor's level. That said, there are many bachelor's degree in psychology available online at the undergraduate level that offer a concentration in forensic psychology.

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With criminal justice being an issue that pervades all levels of society and indeed all reaches of the world, those that teach and study it have the opportunity to contribute in many different ways.

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Browse our list of forensics & CSI programs based in and around Washington, DC, and learn more about the programs offered.

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Students may complete a bachelor's degree, but not come to develop specific career goals until they have been out in the work world gaining experience and insight. This is where a graduate certificate in forensics science and crime scene investigation can come in handy.

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The massive volume of electronic data produced and stored has created new and exciting career opportunities in emerging fields like cyber security and computer forensics. Electronic Discovery (E-Discovery) is a means of combatting cybercrime, and more specifically a specialization of computer forensics that deals with collecting, producing and recovering Electronically Stored Information (ESI) as part of a lawsuit or ongoing investigation.

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Due to popular TV shows such as CSI, NCIS and Dexter, the forensic science industry has gotten a lot of attention. Many curious and observant problem solvers are attracted to forensic chemistry as it involves the analysis of physical crime evidence and allows students to deal directly with the very puzzle pieces that come together to solve a case.

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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.