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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.
According to the APA, forensic psychology is "the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena" and the very breadth of this definition helps to explain why there are so many different opportunities and paths in the field.
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.
Science is cool, death is cool, so it just stands to reason that science about death is wicked awesome .
From the hacking of female celebrities’ phones to the massive cyberattack on Sony that ignited geopolitical tensions, it’s clear that cybercrime is on the rise and here to stay. Like diseases which evolve to render antibiotics ineffective, the nature of these crimes adapts in response to improving cybersecurity tactics, and the sheer variety and hybrid nature of virtual thefts, denials of service, and other methods is unprecedented.
Everything from health records to personal correspondence now comes in its own digital package and can easily be transmitted to any corner of the globe with just the push of a button, and while this certainly makes things convenient for everyday activities, it can also be a convenient conduit for criminal activity.
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.
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.