After presentations, students often ask what they need to study to do the type of work I do in online safety. For us on the bleeding edge, it’s been a matter of scrambling to understand and stay ahead of technology trends, understanding criminology and identifying how individuals can exploit technologies to harm users or companies, and translating that knowledge into simple, practical safety advice.
Fortunately, there are now many educational paths opening up for people with an interest in digital ‘CSI’ work, and the website Forensic Colleges provides a great listing of information resources and schools to choose from.
Here are some links they provide to get more career information:
- Forensic Science – One of the first stops should be over to Wikipedia to checkout what the definition for forensic science is… I know you think you know, better make sure.
- American Academy of Forensic Science: This is a great educational site that explores every facet of forensic science promoting education, fostering research, improving practice, and encouraging collaboration. You can also get updated employment information from their site.
- International Crime Scene Investigators Association: The ICSIA is a great place to exchange ideas with people that are active CSI’s across the globe. You can express your opinions and get advice from other experts in the field.
- Forensic Science Publications: The National Institute of Justice has a bunch of free publications which are related to forensic science. You can get information on the CSI effect, mobile device data gathering, and the proper ways to collect DNA.
- American Society of Crime Lab Directors: The ASCLD is a non-profit association of crime lab directors and other forensic scientists. They have a great newsletter and also feature a job board full of openings for forensic science graduates.
- The Forensic Institute: Here we get a little international flavor for forensic science with this institute located in the UK. They talk in detail about how forensic science impacts court cases including an in-depth look at DNA evidence collection and processing.
- American College of Forensic Science: This institution promotes the study of forensic science and good standards in education. They offer some free online courses and also have an active membership program that you can join.
- Science Technician: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a great place to get information on the job outlook for forensic science jobs. You can find out what people normally do (a list of careers) as well as the average salaries for each job type.
- How to Become a Forensic Investigator: From eHow, if you are interested in becoming an investigator then this is a must see site for you. It will walk you through the best path to get the career you want.
Top Forensic Science Colleges
|University of Phoenix – The University of Phoenix is the largest online college in the U.S. They have over 400,000 students and offer some of the most prestigious online degrees. One of those is an associate’s degree in criminal justice. This degree is a great starting point for a rewarding career in forensic science. As you might expect the University of Phoenix has several other great degrees (associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees) that are perfect for every stage of your career. The University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA).|
|Kaplan University – Kaplan is easily one of the most recognized and successful online colleges. Kaplan offers flexibility, a reduced cost, and a quick path to most degrees. They have several excellent programs for people interested in criminal justice including an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.|
|Everest University – This university has quietly become one of the best places to get a degree online. It is well respected by law enforcement agencies and they also offer associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice. They also specialize in small class sizes and individualized training. Everest University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.|
|American Intercontinental University – American Intercontinental University was founded in 1970 and has been providing a quality education ever sense. They offer several excellent degree programs including multiple associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice. We have found that one of the most popular degrees at AIU is associate of arts in criminal justice as it can easily be leveraged in your career and then built on with a bachelor’s degree. American Intercontinental University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.|
|Upper Iowa University – This university was established in 1857 and has been delivering a quality education ever since. They have both an online campus in Fayette, IA and online classes available throughout the U.S. They pride themselves on being a very student-centered institution that does everything they can to make the most out of every student’s academic career. They offer multiple degree programs for criminal justice and fire science. They offer associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees online. Upper Iowa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.|
|Virginia College – Virginia College has the widest selection of programs at all degree levels. They offer a unique financing approach in that all fees are included upfront so it is very easy to enroll. They offer multiple degree programs for just about every discipline. They offer associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees online with several program options for criminal justice students. Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.|