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What would be a good school for forensics?

I'm interested in going to college for forensics. #criminal-justice #forensics #forensic-science #science #biology #chemistry

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Jeff’s Answer

Hi Kaitlyn - I looked at going into forensics before I settled on sticking with chemistry in graduate school. The one school that I was very interested in for forensics was Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, VA. The program they had at that time was very comprehensive for what I was looking for (a specific chemistry slant in that case) and I thought it would have been a good fit. One thing I did at that time was get in contact with a couple of students/faculty (the students were easier to get ahold of - this was all by phone then, LinkedIn would probably be quicker now) to discuss how they liked it (student) or how they administered the program (faculty). This is harder to do nowadays but definitely worth the effort.
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Hi Kaitlyn - I looked at going into forensics before I settled on sticking with chemistry in graduate school. The one school that I was very interested in for forensics was Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, VA. The program they had at that time was very comprehensive for what I was looking for (a specific chemistry slant in that case) and I thought it would have been a good fit. One thing I did at that time was get in contact with a couple of students/faculty (the students were easier to get ahold of - this was all by phone then, LinkedIn would probably be quicker now) to discuss how they liked it (student) or how they administered the program (faculty). This is harder to do nowadays but definitely worth the effort.
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Estelle’s Answer

I have a good friend who is a forensic scientist. One of the biggest challenges she faces is the difficult situations when she is called in from the coroners office to investigate a death. Most of the time she does her job with little mental stress, but some times due to the situation or the person who died, it stress her greatly mentally. Otherwise the lab work is very typical and could get repetitive at times and somewhat boring. You have the credentials necessary, but I would suggest taking some classes in forensic science, especially the ones concerning work with the police and legal systems. You will be called upon to investigate deaths and give your expert opinion on what happened and when it happened. You will need to know the legal aspects, chain of custody, confidentiality, how to present you opinion to the court etc.. Please consider FGCU school if forensic science. That is where she went. Remember , its not really the school that will make you great , its what you do at the school to better you knowledge.
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Stephanie’s Answer

When I was looking at schools, I looked at Michigan State, Marshall, and George Washington University

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