Those who are interested in pursuing careers in the forensic science field in the state of Connecticut will be happy to know that the state is full of many wonderful educational opportunities for prospective forensic scientists. Most commonly, those who are looking to become forensic scientists will choose to major in either forensic science itself or in some aspect of criminal justice.

The majority of forensic scientists will possess at least a bachelor’s degree, though some, very entry level positions are available to those with only an associate’s degree. Most commonly, individuals who choose to earn associates degrees will transfer their credits to an approved undergraduate institution for completion.

No matter what you decide to major in or what degree level you choose to start or continue your education with, you can be sure that there is a good, accredited school for you in the state. One of the top choices for prospective forensic scientists in Connecticut is Albertus Magnus College, which is located in New Haven, and which offers bachelor’s degree programs in either criminal justice or in sociology with an optional criminal justice concentration.

Of course, large, traditional schools such as Albertus Magnus are not for everyone, but the state is home to many community colleges as well. One shining example is Asnuntuck Community College, located in Enfield, which has a good associate’s degree program in criminal justice. Hartford’s Capital Community College also has an excellent associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

Many people think that you can only earn associate’s degrees from community colleges or technical schools, but it is important to note that some traditional colleges do offer these simple two year programs. Briarwood College of Southington, for example, has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice. It also has a bachelor’s degree program in the same, making it easy to continue your education at a later date if you feel that is the right choice for you.

Another great school to consider is Central Connecticut State University, located in New Britain, and offering bachelor’s degree programs in criminology, and a master’s degree program in criminal justice. There is also Florida Technical College, in Norwalk, which has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and Goodwin College of East Hartford, which offers the same program. Housatonic Community College at Bridgeport, and Manchester Community College of Manchester are two other schools with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice.

Mitchell College, in New London, has that program, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice and homeland security. Naugatuck Valley Community College, located in Waterbury, offers some harder to find majors, such as computer crime deterrence, corrections, forensics, law enforcement, and security, as well as more traditional ones, like criminal justice.

Likewise Poster University, in Watebury has a unique online associate’s degree program in legal studies, as well as online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and in legal studies.

Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, is yet another excellent choice for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, as in Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University, which also has a master’s degree program in criminal justice.

As you may have noticed, some of the schools above offer online programs, some of which are fully online and others of which consist of a combination of online and in person classes and coursework. It is also important to note that you can choose accredited, fully online schools from all over the world to earn your degree.