Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 394, Issue 8, pp 1987–1993 | Cite as

Current issues in forensic science higher education

  • Lawrence Quarino
  • Thomas A. Brettell
ABCs of Teaching Analytical Science


An assessment of the forensic sciences, published in 1999 by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), described the educational and training needs of the forensic science community as “immense” [1]. This immense need has developed over the last two decades by the unprecedented demand of the criminal justice system for crime laboratory services due in large part to the implementation of forensic DNA testing. As a result of this demand, local, state, and federal government resources have been allocated to expand laboratory services, although the availability of individuals with the requisite skills and education to fill new positions is severely limited. To try and meet this need, undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs have developed at an unparalleled rate over the last decade in both the USA and abroad. An examination of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website ( reveals over 100 forensic science programs leading to a bachelor’s degree...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Science Program, Department of Chemical and Physical SciencesCedar Crest CollegeAllentownUSA

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