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Forensic Science

Photo for Forensic ScienceScience in the legal system.

Perhaps because of the wild popularity of forensic science on TV, more and more students are interested in pursuing their own careers in forensic science. So what does that mean off-screen?

Forensic lab technicians and forensic science experts are employed by local and county law enforcement agencies and state or federal programs with crime scene and criminal investigation labs. Their research, examinations, and findings are used as evidence in legal cases.

Most careers in this area require an advanced degree, which means you must first get a bachelor's, then a master's degree or doctorate.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year science program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses. You may be able to then transfer to a 4-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree in your chosen field.

Degree Options:

Program Planning

There are many forensic science subspecialties and you can tailor your education here at TCC, depending on which field interests you the most. Here are some of the different forensic subspecialties with the suggested course of study:

  • Forensic Toxicology - begins with a degree in biology or chemistry. Obtain an Associate of Science degree from TCC with a biology specialization or a chemistry specialization.
  • Forensic Anthropology - begins with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. Obtain an Associate in Arts and Science Degree from TCC, taking the anthropology electives.
  • Forensic Biology - begins with a bachelor's degree in biology. Obtain an Associate of Science Degree from TCC with a biology specialization.
  • Forensic Entomology (study of insects) - begins with a bachelor's degree in biology. Obtain an Associate of Science Degree from TCC with a biology specialization.
  • Forensic Nursing - begins with an RN degree. Obtain a Nursing Associate Degree from TCC.
  • Forensic Odontology - begins with a degree in dentistry. Follow pre-dentistry course of studies at TCC.
  • Forensic Psychiatry - requires an M.D. and psychiatry residency. Follow pre-medicine course of studies at TCC.
  • Forensic Psychology - begins with a degree in psychology. Obtain an Associate in Arts and Science Degree from TCC, taking the psychology electives.
  • Forensic Pathology - requires an M.D. or Ph.D. Follow pre-medicine course of studies at TCC.

Learn More

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
The AAFS has an excellent website where you can learn more about this exciting field.

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