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Crime Scene Investigation Training Schools & Degree Programs

While not all crime scene investigator jobs require a college education, the most traditional route to becoming a crime scene investigator is earning a bachelor's degree in forensic science, forensic anthropology or forensic biology. Most forensic science programs take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students. Curriculum in these programs typically includes a variety of courses addressing subject matter as diverse as criminal justice, biochemistry, criminal evidence analysis and molecular biology. Forensic science students who choose to specialize may also take course in toxicology, DNA profiling, fingerprint analysis, documentation methods and evidence retrieval, depending on their area of specialization.

Crime scene investigators come from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Some crime scene investigators start out as police officers, others move directly into crime scene investigation upon graduation from college. Crime scene investigators with non-traditional backgrounds may be required to complete additional forensic training. Many vocational schools and community colleges offer focused certificate or 2-year degree programs in crime scene investigation designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation.