Forensic scientists study crime scenes and analyze data to understand how a crime or homicide occurred. They can be employed at police departments or work with private investigators. Forensic scientists often work both in the lab and in the field collecting evidence. Locally, the Texas Investigative Network works to solve crimes in the state, and many similar organizations employ forensic scientists.
Students interested in becoming forensic scientists often choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in a field like biology or chemistry, though some schools offer a forensic science major as an option as well.
Schools offer their degrees in forensic in-person and online, though many full-time roles require in-person job training to become familiarized with lab procedures and reporting protocols. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that opportunities in Texas could exceed 1,500 with many jobs in the Dallas and Houston metro areas.
Texas A&M-College Station’s forensic science program is organized for students interested in pursuing a criminal justice track. Applicants should note that lab instruction and professional internship experience are critical to this major and that graduates typically enter the workforce immediately after graduation if they don’t plan on pursuing a master’s program. Students in this program can take classes in ballistics, fingerprinting, and fire science.
Sam Houston State University offers 3 Forensic Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 35 Forensic Science students graduated with students earning 18 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 8 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX||24 : 1||70,418|
|Coastal Bend College Beeville, TX||87 : 1||4,105|
|Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX||28 : 1||21,912|
|Saint Edward's University Austin, TX||22 : 1||3,591|
|St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX||17 : 1||3,458|