If you’re looking for excitement and challenge in a career that benefits society, earning a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from Hilbert College can be the first step.
If you are wondering if a forensic science degree in laboratory sciences is worth it, the answer for many is an emphatic yes. Here are just a few of the benefits of earning a Forensic Science: Laboratory Sciences degree:
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Thinking of pursuing admission to a professional school after earning your bachelor’s degree? Our Pre-Health Professional Programs in pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and pre-veterinary tracks can help you fulfill your pre-professional requirements. The curriculum of our Forensic Science: Laboratory Sciences degree complements most of the course requirements for these tracks.
A bachelor’s degree in forensic science can open the door to a variety of career opportunities, including:
Additional studies at the graduate level can open up even more pathways to senior positions—and higher salaries.
The forensic science degree program at Hilbert College can help you build a foundation to pursue any of a number of careers in the field. Following are median salaries for some of those roles:
Median Annual Salary: $42,800
Median Annual Salary: $55,000**
Median Annual Salary: $61,930*
Forensic Computer Analyst
Median Annual Salary: $75,400**
Median Annual Salary: $77,250*
*Salary, growth and job numbers info based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Salary info based on data compiled by Payscale
The job outlook for forensic science degree holders is positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of forensic scientists to grow 11% between 2021 and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations (5%). Drivers of this growth include additional hiring of forensic science technicians by state and local governments to process their high caseloads, as well as scientific and technological advances that are expected to increase the availability and reliability of objective forensic information used as evidence in trials.
In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranks “forensic science technician” at #5 on its list of Best Science Jobs for 2022 owing to its high earning potential (largely dependent on geographic location), the diverse array of career possibilities available in forensic science and the relatively low stress level reported by forensic science technicians in the field today.
Hilbert’s forensic science degree program is distinguished by the experience and expertise of our faculty, many of whom have worked in criminal justice for 25 years or more and have earned advanced degrees. Our professors have worked as special agents, detectives and forensic investigators and come from the ranks of the FBI, New York State Police, county sheriff’s departments, local police departments and the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.
The Forensic Science: Laboratory Sciences degree curriculum offers an interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on the development of critical skills and knowledge for analysis of evidence and its use in the criminal justice system. Coursework includes biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, cell and molecular biology, population genetics, laws and rules of evidence, and moot court. This background promotes a stronger, more precise relationship between the scientific lab responsible for analysis of evidence and its relation to the criminal justice system through reliable, objective forensic DNA information used as evidence at trials. All of this coursework is embedded within a well-balanced liberal arts–based scientific bachelor’s degree that includes more than 400 hours of hands-on training and laboratory practice.
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