According to the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) the pursuit of a career in the forensic sciences has grown exponentially in the past few years. A Bachelor’s Degree is essential in the forensic disciplines of drug analysis, toxicology, trace evidence, and biology, including DNA analysis.
- Accident Scene Reconstruction
- Arson Investigator
- Crime Laboratory Scientist
- Crime Scene Technician
- Fingerprint Examiner
- Forensic Psychologist
- Police Officer
- Police Photographer
- Sketch/Composite Artist
The ASCLD suggests that the major or area of emphasis one chooses should reflect the discipline in which the person wishes to work. For example, drug analysts should have a heavy emphasis in chemistry, while DNA analysts should have an emphasis in molecular techniques. Programs that provide laboratory courses are essential for students pursuing careers in the forensic sciences (ASCLD). For those persons whose career paths are other than the laboratory, an understanding of the principles and techniques used to analyze trace evidence are helpful in identifying and collecting certain types of evidence, and preparing the case.
Not only will St. Andrews students learn the scientific basis and techniques for forensic investigation, but the coursework will also include ancillary courses that are helpful in the career. These may include courses in law, courtroom procedures, public speaking, crime scene investigation and expert testimony courses. Additionally, internships may play a part in many of these programs. These experiences allow St. Andrews students the opportunity to explore the "real world" of the crime lab or law enforcement agencies.
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