If you live in the beautiful state of Hawaii and would like to become a forensic scientist, then there is no easier or better way to do this than by pursuing a forensic science, forensic studies, or criminal justice or criminal justice related degree.
Such an educational program will give you all of the skills and knowledge that you need to find success in the field. Of course, you shouldn’t just jump right in and start on the first forensic science program that you find. There are some things to consider first.
The first step is really to think about what level of degree you are willing to commit yourself to earning. The vast majority of forensic scientists working in Hawaii and throughout the United States will possess at least a bachelor’s degree, so this is really what you will want to aim for.
However, with that said, there are some entry level positions available to those with only an associate’s degree. In general, though, associate’s degree programs are used as only a starting point, and credits earned are usually transferred to an accredited undergraduate institution.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, then you might think about earning a master’s degree, and, if you already have a master’s degree, you can consider a PhD program.
Once you know what level of degree you want to earn, then you’ll need to spend some time researching and familiarizing yourself with the field. Look at the many different capacities in which forensic scientists can choose to work.
When you find jobs that appeal to you, learn about the most common and/or preferred educational degrees held by professionals doing those jobs. Knowing this information will greatly help you to plan your own education to meet your career aspirations.
When you have a major selected and a degree level in mind, then all that is left to do is to find a school that is fully accredited and that offers the program you need.
One particularly popular choice for Hawaii residents is Argosy University, located in the capitol city of Honolulu, which offers online bachelor’s degree programs 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, emergency preparedness and response, and homeland security.
Chaminade University is also located in Honolulu, and has its own bachelor’s degree programs in criminology/criminal justice and forensics, as well as master’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and forensics. Another college in the area is Hawaii Pacific University of Honolulu, which has a bachelor’s degree program in justice administration. Remington College is located in Hawaii too, and has an online associate’s degree program and an online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.
Even the University of Phoenix has a location in Honolulu, as well as locations in Kapolei and Milani, all of which offer online associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, and online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and management, and organizational security management.
Of course, there are good schools outside of Honolulu too. One fine choice is Hawaii Community College, located in Hilo, which offers an associate’s degree program in administration of justice.
Keep in mind that the schools listed above represent only a few of your many choices in the state. Some are community colleges or technical schools, which can offer you an associate’s degree only. Others represent traditional colleges or universities, and a few are online schools with a Hawaii base.
Remember too that you can also choose from accredited online schools based all over the world, making your choices truly limitless.