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Jan 15, 2009
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It all depends...
by: WFR

It all depends on what you want to do. Do you want to work in a lab? Then for most lab specialties you would need a degree in natural science (chemistry or biology). Many of my colleagues started their forensic science careers with just bachelors degrees in chemistry or biology. They obviously got a lot of on-the-job training. In today's competitive job market you would probably need a masters (in forensic science or one of the natural sciences) to get hired for a lab position. For crime scene processing and crime scene reconstruction you don't need to major in natural science but you do need course work in chemistry and biology.

A masters degree in criminal justice is of no value at all for a career in forensic science. Most of the CJ programs are all social science.

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