If you are someone who lives in the state of Idaho and who is interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist, you probably think that your only real option is to earn a degree in forensic science or forensic studies. While earning one of these degrees can certainly be a wise step, it is certainly not the only option that you have.

Many people, instead, choose to major in criminal justice or in a criminal justice related field, since this subject area is so closely related to forensic science. In fact, many forensic job careers actually lend themselves better to a criminal justice or criminal justice related degree because of the nature of the work.

The only way to know what degree is the right choice for you is to have your career goals firmly in place long before you ever start planning your education. The easiest way to set these goals is to spend some time researching the forensic science field and familiarizing yourself with the many different capacities in which forensic scientists can choose to work.

You should choose those jobs that most appeal to you and then do your research to learn about the educational backgrounds of most of the professionals currently doing that job. You can apply what you learn to choose an appropriate educational path that is in line with your career goals.

The good news for you, as an Idaho resident, is that the state is home to many fine institutions offering related degrees. One great choice for future forensic scientists in the state is Boise State University, located in the capitol city of Boise, which offers both a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in criminal justice.

Similarly, the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as one in law enforcement. There is also Eastern Idaho Technical College, in Idaho Falls, which offers an associate’s degree program in legal studies, and Idaho State University at Pocatello, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, female corrections, and law enforcement.

ITT Technical Institute, a reputable institution with locations around the nation, has a school in Boise, which offers online associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, and a traditional bachelor’s degree program in the state. Lewis Clark State College, in Lewiston, has a bachelor’s degree program in justice studies, and students can choose a concentration in corrections and human services or in general criminal justice to go along with the degree program.

North Idaho College of Coeur d’Alene is great for those seeking more diverse choices, as it has associate’s degree programs in administration of justice, law enforcement, and in general criminal justice.

As you may have noticed, some of the schools listed above offer online programs to their students. These programs may be either fully online or a combination of both online and traditional coursework. In either case, online educational opportunities are a huge help to many, especially those who have work demands or a busy family to care for and who cannot handle the demands of a traditional education.

If you find yourself in such a situation, be aware that there are a lot of other fully online schools out there to choose from, and that you are in no way limited to choosing those that are Idaho based.

While this can certainly be helpful when you have questions or would like to take advantage of an on campus opportunity, you can really attend schools based all over the world. After all, that is the beauty of an online education.

If you do choose to go the route of an online school, however, do make sure that you are very careful.