Forensic science lies at the intersection of science and the law. The word “forensic” comes from the Latin word forensis, which means “to the forum” or with regard to debate or discussion.
Forensic scientists contribute to legal debates by applying scientific methods to the investigation of legal problems. Health care providers in this field include doctors, dentists, and toxicologists. In many cases, they serve as frontline workers at the scene of a disaster or crime.
Interest in this fascinating field has exploded with the popularity of television series including “CSI” and “Bones.” Community colleges and four-year universities have responded by creating and expanding educational programs in forensic science. Before enrolling in any program, make sure the curriculum has been accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science.
Forensic scientists use chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and even psychology to help protect people, serve justice and promote better public health. In addition to working with law enforcement to help solve crimes, forensic scientists investigate environmental contamination, doping by athletes, and employee drug use. The data they collect is used by the public.
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Last updated: May 7, 2013
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