Forensic scientists are a vital part of the U.S. justice system and are important in all aspects of crime cases. The ultimate goal of a forensic scientist is to reveal all valuable and important information that supports facts. If you have a love of science and a love of people or society, this is a perfect career where these passions can be applied. Only eighteen universities within the United States are accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
University of Mississippi in Oxford
University of Mississippi in Oxford was ranked one of the top five universities in the nation by the AAFS and was accredited by them as well. The faculty to student ratio is very low, sitting at 1:21. The bachelor’s program is Forensic Chemistry. In this program the students do not only take an overwhelming amount of chemistry and biology classes, they take classes regarding the criminal investigation procedures. At this university students do not obtain their bachelor’s degree until they complete an internship in an actual crime lab.
University of Mississippi in Oxford 203 Sorority Row Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 236-7662 olemiss.edu
The George Washington University
The Forensic Science program at the George Washington University features a five-year BS/MS Forensic Chemistry program, which includes unique internships and interactions with the local federal, state, and local agencies in Washington DC. At George Washington University there are five forensic science concentrations offered: crime scene investigations, forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology, forensic toxicology, and high technology crime investigation.
The George Washington University 2100 Foxhall Road, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 242-5758 gwu.edu
Eastern Kentucky University
The forensic science program offered by the Department of Chemistry at EKU was established in 1974. It is one of the eleven undergraduate programs that were accredited by the AAFS. The Forensic Science program at EKU emphasises forensic chemistry and biology more than any other type of science. One unique course EKU’s program requires is an Expert Witness Testimony, which allows the students to learn how to present scientific evidence to the general public.
Eastern Kentucky University 521 Lancaster Avenue Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 622-1000 eku.edu
Florida International University in Miami
The International Forensic Research Institute within FIU has been accredited by the AAFS for their excellent graduate programs offered. At FIU, a student can obtain a master’s degree at the campus, or if the student already has a career as a forensic scientist, he can obtain the master’s degree online. A PhD program is available to forensic science students as well.
Florida International University in Miami University Park Miami, Florida 33199 (305) 348-6211 fiu.edu
Oregon State University
At Oregon State University, forensic science students graduate from the College of Science with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, but with a concentration in forensic science. This program prepares students to be able to work in a crime lab by enhancing the chemistry degree with biology and biochemistry classes.
Oregon State University 104 Kerr Administration Building Corvallis, OR 97331 (541) 737-1000 Oregonstate.edu