Criminal Justice, Law & Security
Crime Scene Investigation

If you feel called to a career in law enforcement but don't desire to be a police officer or detective, a degree focused on Crime Scene Investigation could be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Crime Scene Investigation students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or graduate certification. Typically, a degree program will focus on a combination of coursework in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, physics, and laboratory procedures. Oftentimes, students will pursue a degree in chemistry or biology before deciding to specialize in Crime Scene Investigation later in their academic careers. Master's degrees provide further specialization.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Crime Scene Investigation Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or specialization in Crime Scene Investigation include:

  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Crime Lab Director
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Forensic Science Technician was $59,150 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.