Forensic scientists work closely with police departments and even the FBI to study crime scenes and evidence to further a legal investigation. It is common for students interested in forensic science in California to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a related field before applying to positions where they typically require on-the-job training to become familiar with operating procedures.
The California Bureau of Investigation is one of the largest employers of forensic scientists statewide, with the San Francisco and Los Angeles police departments providing similar roles for graduates interested in entering the workforce in a government role.
Students can earn their degree in forensic science in-person or online, though many require in-person lab time and field research. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that opportunities in California will exceed 2,000 statewide with salaries that can reach almost $90,000 annually.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|National University La Jolla, CA||67 : 1||16,670|
|Grossmont College El Cajon, CA||63 : 1||16,958|
|San Diego Miramar College San Diego, CA||112 : 1||14,127|
|Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA||97 : 1||19,231|
|Fresno City College Fresno, CA||65 : 1||24,806|
|Solano Community College Fairfield, CA||68 : 1||9,330|
|East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA||112 : 1||36,885|
|Riverside City College Riverside, CA||80 : 1||21,118|
|University of California-Davis Davis, CA||22 : 1||38,634|
|Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA||74 : 1||24,127|
|Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA||66 : 1||19,871|
|California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||39 : 1||26,671|
|Palomar College San Marcos, CA||76 : 1||23,874|
|Norco College Norco, CA||120 : 1||11,715|
|City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||43 : 1||24,441|
|Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA||87 : 1||12,025|
|Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA||64 : 1||7,127|
|Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA||12 : 1||4,462|
|University of San Diego San Diego, CA||19 : 1||9,181|
|San Jose State University San Jose, CA||42 : 1||36,085|