1. Barry University
Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, offers either a BFA or BA in Biomedical and Forensic Photography. This is a program to consider if you want to pursue forensic science photography, either by working at a crime scene investigation photographer or working in a medical examiner’s office, contributing to case analysis, preparing forensic evidence, or documenting forensic procedures for the court. To get into the program, you’ll have to pass a forensic portfolio review with a medical examiner, as well as complete at 200-level undergraduate anatomy course.
If you enroll in this forensic science program for the BA in forensic photography, you’ll have to finish 48 credits in the biomedical and forensic photography core, along with what the school calls “co-requisites” in criminal justice and anatomy. The forensic photography courses include your general art background material, like 2-D design, basic and intermediate photography, computer imaging and a photography practicum. At the higher levels, you’ll have to do classes in advanced digital imaging, studio lighting, the history of art and photography and a forensic science internship. The extra courses you’ll have to take to round out the forensic photography is biology (for non-majors), human anatomy, criminology (entry level), and a 300-level biology special topics course.
What’s nice about this forensics program is that you can choose between a BA in forensic photography or a BFA in forensic photography. The BA requires fewer courses in forensic photography, but allows you room to explore other majors, and perhaps minor in an altogether unrelated field. The BFA is more of a visual-arts centric degree, focusing on more visual arts courses at the expense of a necessarily well-rounded education. Fortunately, you won’t have to choose to go for the BA or BS in forensic photography from the get-go. Since the two programs share the same core courses in forensic photography, you can make a decision later into your schooling.
2. Carlos Albizu University
Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with concentration in forensic psychology
If you’re considering forensic psychology — particularly forensic psychology at the doctoral level (Psy.D.), then Carlos Albizu’s Miami program is one you should consider. Instead of just offering a smattering of courses in forensic psychology or forensic psychiatry, they actually offer concentrations in four different subjects. To do the concentration in forensic psychology, you’ll have to complete five courses, covering forensic assessment, police and correctional psychology, family and juvenile law, criminal law and behavioral science and the lab. These 5 courses in forensic psychology, spanning 15 credits, complete the concentration.
Like many doctoral programs, Carlos Albizu allows you to apply for and be granted a masters in general psychology when you are part-way through your doctoral forensics training. Here it comes after 47 credits.
3. Daytona State
Associate’s Degree in Forensic Science
Daytona State offers a 2-year concentration in forensic science, The courses in general forensics are designed to meets the needs of upper-level four-year colleges, as the credits can often be transferred upon completion of the forensics training. If you’re interested in pursuing forensic science at Daytona, take a look at Daytona State’s requirements for the AA (Associate of Arts) degree program for more info.
4. Eckerd College
Eckerd’s anthropology department in St. Petersburg, Florida offers aspiring forensic anthropologists to learn if the field is right. The 2000-level Forensic Anthropology course looks at general human osteology from a forensics standpoint. The course will give you a good general overview of the search and recovery of human remains during a forensic investigation. You’ll also get a good handle on the techniques used by forensic anthropologists for analyzing human skeletons, determining sex, age, stature, pathology and ancestry. The course is also good because it focuses a lot on different notable criminal cases where forensic anthropology led the investigation toward results that it otherwise might not have found.