Forensic Scientist Training: The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education provides continuing forensic scientist training and professional development in the field of forensics, including cross-discipline training, testimony skills development, and science tools and strategies for attorneys, police, and officers of the court. Our facilities offer state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, academic scholarship, and grant-funded research for students interested in the forensic science field.

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education full time staff and adjunct faculty have a variety of background expertise in government and private laboratory work, many working as forensic specialists and practicing attorneys.

The forensic scientist training we offer, in conjunction with Arcadia University’s MSFS program, ensures that students have the required science coursework for a successful career in the forensic science field. Classes include forensic biology, forensic toxicology and serology, as well as forensic chemistry II and trace evidence, moot court, ethics, and criminal law, and involve hands-on lab coursework and handling authentic samples and instrumentation. Students are required to learn techniques common to working in forensic labs, and receive exposure to experts from the local forensic science community.

Second year students must attend national and regional forensic science conferences to network in preparation of job seeking, as well as to gain real world knowledge of forensic science practices. Some students even find jobs locally as interns in forensic toxicology labs, and many students choose to mentor at the Forensics Mentors Institute, a development program for high school students in the greater Philadelphia area. Second year students must complete a research project as well as participate in an internal internship, solving reconstructed cases with toxicological, chemical, and biological evidence. Oral board examination and a presentation of student project work is the capstone course.

To learn more about forensic scientist training and our center for forensic science, please contact us.