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Cater physics degree to possible forensic career?

  1. Feb 17, 2014 #1
    Cater physics degree to possible forensic career???

    Hello, I am currently a California Community College student and hoping to major in physics/applied mathematics. I am interested in serving my country and having an exciting career. But I would like to keep a career centered around physics and mathematics.

    I am interested in a few parts of forensic science including ballistics and explosives. Also, some sort of trace evidence (if anyone has watched bones, then kinda like hogkins job). I am very interested in joining the FBI and partaking in this sort of career.

    I am looking to see how I can cater my degree to most prepare me for this sort of career. I am thinking of taking extra biology/ organic chemistry due to pure interest and potential to help? Also, I am not sure what sort of courses would most benefit myself. I assume classical mechanics would help the most and to take the most of that. Also, maybe solid state physics or something of the sort. Also, maybe something with optics?

    I am also curious about what sort of graduate degree would be best for this? Condensed matter? I have no idea. Any guidance will be helpful.

    Requirements for the job....

    All applicants must possess either (A) a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in either biological science, physical science, engineering, or mathematics, that includes 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; or (B) a combination of education and experience. Education must be equivalent to one of the majors listed in (A) above that include at least 24 semester hours in biological science, physical science, and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    All applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
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  3. Feb 17, 2014 #2


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    I suggest contacting the FBI recruitment office and asking them exactly the same question. Since you haven't transferred yet, this is a perfect time, because they might tell you about specific programs that focus on areas they like to see in recruits. Their guidance could really help you.

    If possible, I'd even ask for an in-person informational interview. They might tell you more in person than in an email.
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