A Popular Major – Forensic Science

forensic scienceIn the late 1990s and early 2000s, television shows like “CSI," “Law and Order: SVU," and others started to become popular among young people. These shows sparked an interest in the field of Forensic Science and now there is a growing number of high school students that want to pursue this field as a career. Whether it be working out in the field, studying crime scenes and other various places, or working in a lab, examining what the crime scene investigators have found and doing other types of research, there are many different ways to go in the field of Forensic Science. Because it is relatively young, the forensic science major is not found at a majority of colleges. While many offer classes on the subject, or maybe even a minor, a major in Forensic Science is not the easiest to find.

Thankfully, Bluefield College is one of a small handful of schools in the state of Virginia to offer Forensic Science as a specific path of study. The degree program is one that is in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science. While in this program, the student will take various classes in Chemistry, Criminal Justice, and other areas that relate to the field (such as Biology, Information Technology, and Physics). This course load is wide in nature and is designed to give the student a broad area of knowledge that will allow them to succeed in their next step, whether it be pursuing a master's degree in the field, or going straight into the workforce.

Because Bluefield College’s Criminal Justice program is well-respected and well-known throughout the state for its quality, Forensic Science majors who take these courses will have an excellent foundation for their careers in the field. For example, the general forensic science looks like this: surveys concepts that include forensic chemistry, fingerprint analysis, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, DNA analysis, and arson investigation. While much of that is lab work, students will also be taking courses that will help them should they choose to pursue a career that is more based in field work. Courses that emphasize field work will be the Criminal Justice courses.

Essentially, as the Bluefield College Forensic Science webpage states, the goal of the Forensic Science program is to provide a superior educational experience that develops foundational concepts, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and laboratory technique. These reinforcing, progressive experiences through the four-year curriculum are designed to propel the graduate into independent, successful work in the physical world with appropriate communication skills for the discipline.

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