What courses in college should I take to become a forensic scientist?
I've thoroughly enjoy science and math in high school throughout the years. I've seen numerous shows and have read several books about forensics and crime scene processes. I know generally a forensic major has to take several science, math, and law courses, but I would like to know specific courses that would help lead to a career in forensics. #law #math #forensic
You're right that there are foundational courses, these include calculus and statistics or biostatistics for math; chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, cell or molecular biology, and biochem for science courses.
Aside from these courses, at universities with degree programs in forensic science, there are also more specialized courses in criminalistics (interpreting physical evidence using natural sciences), forensic biology (lab work to prepare you for analyzing body and other physical evidence), forensic chemistry (analysis of trace materials such as drugs, explosive in evidence), and forensic toxicology (more specialized analytical chemistry).
Keep in mind that communications--verbal and written--are also quite important. So no matter what type of undergraduate program you are in, find opportunities to develop your communication skills through classes and extracurricular activities.
I'm not sure what type of college you going to, but check out these programs (and courses) for some of the top forensic science programs:
Penn state: Undergraduate degree program--Chemistry & Biology tracks
Syracuse University: Integrated Learning Major in Forensic Science
University of California, Davis: Program Track and Units Requirements