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J Forensic Sci. 2010 Nov;55(6):1488-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01505.x.

A review of forensic science higher education programs in the United States: bachelor's and master's degrees.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Science Department, 445 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10017, USA.

Abstract

As the number of forensic science programs offered at higher education institutions rises, and more students express an interest in them, it is important to gain information regarding the offerings in terms of courses, equipment available to students, degree requirements, and other important aspects of the programs. A survey was conducted examining the existing bachelor's and master's forensic science programs in the U.S. Of the responding institutions, relatively few were, at the time of the survey, accredited by the forensic science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). In general, the standards of the responding programs vary considerably primarily in terms of their size and subjects coverage. While it is clear that the standards for the forensic science programs investigated are not homogeneous, the majority of the programs provide a strong science curriculum, faculties with advanced degrees, and interesting forensic-oriented courses.

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