If you are a Texas resident who would seriously like to have a career in forensic science, then you should know that getting a college education and earning a degree from an accredited college or university is absolutely vital to your success. Most jobs in the field will require you to have at least a bachelor’s degree.

While there are some jobs open to those with only their associate’s degree, such jobs tend to be very few and far between. Plus, they are usually very entry level and pay a lower than average salary. Therefore, it is truly in your best interest to have at least a bachelor’s degree.

In order to become a forensic scientist, you can major in a wide variety of different subject areas. Common majors in the field include forensic science itself, general forensic studies, computer forensics, forensic psychology, criminal justice, or related areas.

Only you can decide what major is the best choice for you and your future career, but the best way to decide this is through careful research on the field, the many different jobs available in it, and their requirements and preferences for applicants.

The good news is that, as a Texas resident, you have easy access to some of the best forensic science colleges in the nation. Keep in mind, though, that you will be the one who has to attend school and do well in it, so you should always pick what is truly in your best interest.

Even if this means going to a less prestigious school or choosing a non-traditional college, such as an online college or a technical school, the important thing is that you choose a program and school that will realistically work with your lifestyle and your future career goals.

One popular educational choice for prospective forensic scientists in the state of Texas is Abilene Christian University, located in Abilene, offering an online bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution, as well as an online master’s degree in the same. Though the school is religiously affiliated, students are not required to be of any particular religion themselves.

For those who prefer a more traditional education, there are still many fine choices. There is, for example, Alvin Community College, which offers associate’s degree programs in correctional science and law enforcement police administration, or Amarillo College, offering associate’s degree programs in law enforcement, safety and environmental technology, criminal justice, and forensic science.

Many students also choose Angelina College at Lufkin, which has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, or Angelo State University, located in San Angelo, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Another great choice in the state is Argosy University, with locations in Dallas and in Farmer’s Branch, which has online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, as well as online master’s degree programs in forensic psychology with an emphasis on assessment, forensic psychology with an emphasis on homeland security, forensic psychology with an emphasis on law enforcement, and forensic psychology with an emphasis on treatment.

This school is an excellent choice for those with a wide range of interests and who are looking to explore a bit before committing to a major.

Other choices include Austin Community College in Austin, offering associate’s degree programs in corrections, and law enforcement, and Brazosport College of Lake Jackson, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice. Then, there’s Central Texas College at Killeen, which has associate’s degree programs in criminal justice with an emphasis on corrections (offered online), criminal justice with an emphasis on law enforcement technology, and general criminal justice (offered online).

A smaller school attended by some students in the state is Cisco College, located in Cisco, and offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice. Then, there’s Coastal Bend College in Beeville, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement, and College of the Mainland of Texas City, offering online associate’s degree programs in criminal justice.

Collin College at Plano, which offers associate’s degree programs in information systems cyber security, and in criminal justice is also a common choice, along with Concordia University of Texas, located in Austin, offering both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in behavioral sciences.