Forensic chemistry education: What do crime laboratory directors want from universities graduating the next generation of forensic scientists?


Barry A. J. Fisher

Author Affiliation: 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department





Crime lab directors seek to hire bachelor and masters graduates with strong science (chemistry, biochemistry, biology) backgrounds who are detailed orientated, know how to solve problems, are articulate, can work and think independently, and who possess profession integrity. Universities offering degrees in forensic science may wish to consider accreditation under The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Forensic Science Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) an accrediting program which sets standards for forensic science academic degree programs.