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Hello Yolanda, I have been in the field of forensic science for over twenty years and have seen a number of changes. The field has become very specialized. When once a scientist such as myself did everything from blood typing to glass analysis, now there are experts in very narrow areas, e.g., DNA analysis, hair and fiber analysis, gun shot reidue (GSR) by scanning emission microscopy (SEM), etc. We have seen two types of applicants in recent years (and have hired both types). The first type of applicant has an undergraduate degree, B.S. or A.B., in a field such as biology or chemistry and an interest in forensic science. The second type of applicant has a bachelor's degree and a Master's in forensic science which is available from a number of universities. In most cases, an undergraduate degree such as what you will be receiving will suffice for many areas of the forensic lab (other than DNA) and the lab that hires you will train you. For the DNA laboratory, specific coursework is required which includes courses in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and statistics. Naturally, laboratories like to hire people that have taken these courses - otherwise they have to pay to have you fill in what you are missing. An excellent source of information on the requirements for forensic science employment and a listing of job opportunities is: http://forensic.to/forensic.html Good luck in your career, Dale L. Laux
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