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About Forensics

Forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal cases, and the results of their work may serve either the defense or the prosecution. The forensic scientist's goal is the evenhanded use of all available information to determine the facts and, subsequently, the truth.


A forensic scientist is first a scientist. When applying scientific knowledge to assist juries, attorneys, and judges in understanding science, the scientist is a forensic scientist.

Forensic scientists specialize in areas that require expertise in the biological and physical sciences such as DNA analysis and ballistics. The basic laboratory sciences are needed to prepare students for training as a forensic scientist in the fields of criminalistics, toxicology, or molecular biology.


By employing principles of biology, chemistry and physics to answer questions in the courtroom, forensic scientists play a pivotal role in today's criminal justice system. They analyze evidence and provide expert opinions. A forensic scientist may consult with a medical expert about the finding of an investigation.

Forensic scientists also play a role in civil justice, such as product liability cases, compliance to environmental laws and validation of signatures on a will.

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