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Forensics Science Related?

What classes do I need or should take in high school to become a forensics scientist? Or what are the recommended classes?

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Peyton’s Answer

Hi there!

I am currently a forensic psychology major at Grand Canyon University. The classes I took in high school to help prepare me for this major were criminal justice, psychology, and statistics. Psychology and criminal justice can help you better understand what the potential career may entail and motivate you to really determine if this is a career you are genuinely passionate about pursuing. Statistics is a class that is beneficial toward psychology as well, but a more difficult class. In my experience, I was not the greatest at statistics, but am still able to continue moving forward with my selected major. Hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Peyton! This really helped me. Emily
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Matthew’s Answer

Hi Emily!

There are a TON of programs to pick from when you start transitioning from high school to college! If you are wanting to be a forensic scientist that works in a lab setting take as many advanced science classes as you can in high school to prepare you for college courses--college biology and chemistry are difficult!

When selecting your college make sure your science classes fall within the parameters of accreditation. Many state/private labs that do DNA analysis, firearm examinations, etc. are accredited and have strict requirements on what courses their analysists have completed for their degree. I'd encourage you to call a few labs in your area to ask about their accreditation status and what course requirements are in place for their analysts--that way when you start applying for jobs you know you'll be covered.

Good luck! I hope this is helpful!
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