7 Arkansas Schools With Forensic Science Programs


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1. Arkansas State University

Bachelors in Forensic Science – Arkansas State U.

Arkansas State offers a full-fledged BS degree in forensic science, along with the option of choosing a track in forensic biology or forensic chemistry. This is a real-deal program, with serious courses in all manner of biology (including advanced cell biology) and chemistry (including the dreaded organic chemistry). Physics is also addressed in equal measure, with a full year required, and get ready for your calculus, because it’s required to graduate. At the higher levels, undergrad students in the forensics program can specialize in some pretty interesting courses, ranging from mass spectrometry to immunology and radiochemical techniques.

Like most programs in forensic science, it’s rapidly expanding and changing, so call them at 870-680-4360 to get the latest program details.

Crime Scene Investigation for High School Students – Arkansas State U.

For $350, Arkansas State offers high school students a 5-day forensic science camp to give prospective college students a taste of what life is like as a forensic scientist. The program covers all manner of forensic specialties, many of them hands-on with reconstructed crime scenes, interrogation of suspects, courtroom testimony and lab analysis. They also conduct workshops on psychological profiling and investigative strategies, many of which are taught by professional investigators and law enforcement personnel. You can sign up by calling 870-972-3973.

2. Arkansas Tech University

Criminalistics – Arkansas Tech U.

Arkansas Tech has a few undergraduate introductory course on Criminalistics, one in the chemistry department, and another on introduction to computer forensics and security. The computer forensics course looks specifically at the technology behind a digital forensic exam, emphasizing how an IT expert can minimize the threats and vulnerabilities that exist to a computer system or network.

Arkansas Tech’s technical college has a more general Intro to Computer Crime course, a very general look at the field that only requires Intro to Computers as a prerequisite. It is offered through the Law Enforcement program at the tech school. Specifically, you’ll learn about financial fraud, identity theft, how thieves locate and identify the targets of their identity theft rings, and the associated laws and regulations that allow authorities to pursue the perpetrators.

3. Harding University

Computer Forensics – Harding U.

The Computer Science department at Harding offers all kinds of seminars throughout the school year, on a variety of cool topics related to IT. In this year alone, there were several seminars dedicated to digital evidence collection and forensic examination. You can get the latest run-down of scheduled visitors by calling 501-279-4361

4. Henderson University

Forensic Psychology – Henderson U.

Henderson offers a general course on the psychological basis of criminal behavior. In addition to general lectures and textbook study, the course requires a group presentation and project. Guest speakers on various fields of forensic speak throughout the term. Past lecturers have included crime scene investigators, a DEA agent, a retired CIA officer and attorneys of various disciplines.

5. Hendrix University

Auditing and Forensic Accounting – Hendrix U.

Hendrix offers a 500-level graduate course called Contemporary Issues in Auditing. The course looks at more advanced topics like internal auditing, statistical sampling, and especially forensic accounting. Fortunately, the course is not only opened to graduate students, but to those who get permission as well. This is a way for those interested in forensic accounting, with a background in general accounting, to find out if this is a field they really want to pursue.

6. University of Arkansas

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship – U. of Arkansas for Medical Science

The Medical Sciences division at the University of Arkansas offers medical school graduates the opportunity to pursue forensic psychiatry. The program deals with traditional subjects like violence risk assessment, prisoner suitability release and juvenile court evaluations. You can find out more at 501-686-6196.

Certificate Program in Forensic Science – U. of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute

The Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, at the University of Arkansas, offers two different certificate programs for law enforcement personnel – the beginner’s Crime Scene Technician Certificate and the second-tier Advanced Crime Scene Technician certificate. The program addresses specifically the needs of crime scene techs responding to rural crime scenes, with specific units on CSI, digital photography, human remains recovery, computer crime, bloodstain pattern analysis, and forensic alternate light sources. All of the courses are held on-site, usually in Little Rock, but more and more are being held elsewhere throughout the state.

U. of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute also offers a variety of computer forensics courses for police officers and criminal justice workers throughout Arkansas. The classes are held in a computer lab, with many hands-on exercises. For more information, call 501-570-8076.

Bachelors in Forensic Science – U. of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate in forensic science, with courses drawn largely from the chemistry and criminal justice departments.

7. University of the Ozarks

Forensic Chemistry – U. of the Ozarks

The University of the Ozarks offers a 4000-level course in forensic chemistry, focusing on the chemical analysis of evidence collected from a crime scene. This introductory course starts at the beginning, looking at the types of chemicals and glassware used during an examination. Follow-on subjects include how to interpret data gathered from analytical equipment, the chemistry of illegal drugs, explosives, gun powder, dyes, paints and fibers. While this is a general survey course, it does require that you have taken both semester of organic chemistry in order to enroll.