How to Become a Forensic Biologist
1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree (4 Years)
Forensic biologists are scientists by definition, so a four year college degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic biology is mandatory.
Extensive laboratory experience is required and courses in biostatistics, genetics, general chemistry and organic chemistry are recommended.
Considerable knowledge in physics and math is preferred. Programs chosen by students should be accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.
The preparation timeline below provides an example biology curriculum:
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2. Take the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE)
Most graduate programs revolving around forensic science require the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) for admittance. It's a 3 hour and 45 minute, standardized, multiple choice exam that covers analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning.
The GRE is broken down into six primary sections:
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|2 Quantitative Reasoning Sections||
|2 Verbal Reasoning Sections||
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3. Earn a Master's Degree (2 Years)
A master’s degree in forensic science is required by most employers in order to seek employment in a private or federal crime laboratory.
The preparation timeline below provides an example forensic science curriculum: