Gritty TV shows portray CSIs as having an inner ‘eye’ for whodunit. Crime scene investigators appear both glamorous and gifted. So much so that a million and one-half people a month ask Google, “How do I become a CSI?” Real CSIs must hit the books to master the guts and glory of the trade. CSIs today are earning forensic science degrees online. Turns out blood spatter analysis can be taught extremely well using online video labs. Can you really learn how to be a CSI online? You bet, says the online degree division at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vermont. Champlain offers undergraduate and graduate forensic science courses online ranging from Intro to Forensics to Digital Investigative Techniques. Online students at Champlain don’t just read books and case studies about forensics. They also learn online by viewing a series of video labs that teach distance learning students how to master skills like blood spatter analysis using catsup, rulers and – er -- paper dolls.
From blood splatter to bullet trajectories, CSI professionals are being taught forensic science through online courses and video labs. Want to become a CSI? Jobs abound. The criminology and forensics field is set to grow 20% by 2018. Forensic technicians usually need a bachelor of forensic science which includes concentrations such as criminology, pathology, and forensic accounting. Those who already hold a degree in the natural sciences will benefit from prior lab experience. Get Educated profiles a variety of online forensic science degrees, including:
View all online forensic science, criminology, criminal justice, law and legal degrees in the Get Educated directory to find out more about specific online degrees in this exciting career area.
Written by: Kayleigh Gilbert