Minnesota is home to many wonderful higher learning institutions. In fact, no matter what career you wish to pursue in the state, you can find a place to do it. This is most certainly true for those with an interest in forensic science. These individuals can choose to major in a wide range of subjects, from forensic science itself, to general forensic studies, computer forensics, toxicology, criminal justice, and criminal justice related areas.

The best way for a person to determine what his or her major should be in the forensic science field is to have a clear idea in mind of the desired job and its requirements and educational preferences for applicants. When this information is known, planning an education around a desired career becomes simple.

The most important thing to consider, other than what to major in, is what school one attends. A good forensic science program and school will be fully accredited and will offer lots of opportunities that increase the chance of success in the field when taken advantage of.

Such opportunities include related internships, study abroad experiences, interviewing assistance and job search help, and more. Obviously, then, prospective forensic science students will want to devote some real time to getting to know the schools in their area.

Of course, there are some schools that are so prestigious and well known in the state that they don’t really require too much research. While there is no guarantee that any one of these schools will be the right fit for a particular student, some of the top options in the state include Academy College, located in Minneapolis, offering an associate’s degree in security administration, and Alexandria Technical College, in Alexandria, which offers both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in law enforcement.

Another fine choice is Argosy University of Eagan, offering an online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as online master’s degree programs in forensic psychology assessment, forensic psychology homeland security, forensic psychology law enforcement, forensic psychology treatment, general forensic psychology, and homeland security. The many options offered by Argosy are what make it some a common choice.

There’s also Bemidji State University at Bemidji, with both associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, and Brown College, located in Mendota Heights, which offers associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice as well.

Capella University, in Minneapolis also offers a bachelor’s degree program (online) in criminal justice, as well as online master’s degrees in criminal justice, public safety leadership, and emergency management. For a lower level criminal justice degree, Central Lakes College at Brainer has an associate’s degree program in the subject, as well as associate’s degree programs in natural resources law enforcement, and criminalities.

For more unique majors, Century College of White Bear Lake is often a top choice, with its associate’s degrees in computer forensics, public safety, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

There’s also Concordia University at St. Paul, offering both associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, located in Cloquet, and offering an exciting new associate’s degree in e-crime, as well as associate’s degrees in corrections, law enforcement, and forensics.

Many students also choose Globe University, which has convenient locations in Minneapolis and Woodbury, and offers an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and an online bachelor’s degree program in the same. Hamline University is nearby, in Saint Paul, and offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Then, there’s Hibbing Community College of Hibbing, which has an associate’s degree program in law enforcement; Inver Hills Community College at Inver Grove Heights, which has associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement; and Leech Lake Tribal College, located in Cass Lake, offering an associate’s degree program in law enforcement.

Metropolitan State University, in Saint Paul, is another great option, with its bachelor’s degree programs in computer forensics, criminal justice, human services with a corrections emphasis, and law enforcement, as well as a master’s degree program in criminal justice. Students also tend to choose Minneapolis Community and Technical College, which offers associate’s degrees in computer forensics, criminal justice, homeland security (offered online), and law enforcement