As a Nebraska resident, you might be quite surprised to learn about all of the many choices in terms of educational opportunities for prospective forensic scientists in the state. No matter what forensic science related subject you wish to major in or at what level, you can more than likely find an educational opportunity to do just that without leaving Nebraska.

Even in the rare circumstance that you can’t find the exact program you want, there are a ton of wonderful online schools to choose from in today’s world, so you’ll always have options.

In Nebraska and throughout the rest of the nation, those with a career interest in forensic science usually tend to major in forensic science itself, in general forensic studies or in specific areas like computer forensics, or in areas related to criminal justice.

Also, most professionals in the field will possess at least a bachelor’s degree, though some will earn an associate’s degree first and then later transfer the credits earned to an appropriate bachelor’s degree program. No matter what you decide to do, it will only take a little searching on your part to find the perfect school, and more than likely, it will be right in your own state.

Popular educational choices for prospective forensic scientists in the state include Central Community College, located in Grand Island, offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and Chadron State College in Chadron, which offers a bachelor’s degree in general justice studies with an emphasis on criminal justice.

There’s also Doane College of Lincoln, offering bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and public administration; ITT Technical Institute at Omaha, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; and Kaplan University, with locations in Lincoln and Omaha, with an online bachelor’s degree program in corrections.

The last two schools mentioned, ITT Technical Institute and Kaplan University both have locations all across the nation and are quite respected in the educational field, and known for producing competent graduates.

Likewise, the University of Phoenix, located in Omaha, with an online associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as online bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice administration and management and organizational security management, operates much the same.

Many students also choose Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska, located in Omaha, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice. Those interested in the same degree can also earn it from Midland Lutheran College, in Fremont. For higher level degrees, Nebraska Wesleyan University of Lincoln, with its master’s degree program in forensic science, is an excellent choice.

Other top choices in the state include Northeast Community College at Norfolk, offering associate’s degrees in law enforcement and corrections; Peru State College, located in Peru, which has bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration, criminal justice counseling, and general criminal justice; and Southeast Community College in Lincoln, offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

There’s also the University of Nebraska at Kearney, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice; a PhD program in the same, and master’s degree programs in the same, as a general degree or with an emphasis on counseling or public administration

Keep in mind that these schools represent just a few of your many choices. As mentioned briefly above, you can always choose an online school, which can be based anywhere in the entire world, if you can’t find the option you are looking for in Nebraska.

Just make sure that you are very careful and selective when choosing an online school, as there are a lot of scams out there. Any online school that you select should be fully accredited.