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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

CSI Shows Boost Enrollment in Forensic Degree Programs

Inspired by crime dramas such as "CSI," waves of students have enrolled in forensic science programs, but professors and police say students aren't always aware of the realities of the job.Being a criminalist, evidence technician or a crime scene specialist requires solid math and science skills, along with the stamina to deal with decomposing bodies and other unpleasant aspects of law enforcement.  Cal State Northridge, sociology professor James David Ballard, who teaches criminology and anti-terrorism classes, said he frequently sees students who think "they can walk in, get a four-year degree, walk out and be one of those pretty people on TV."  Rest of Story....[Mark Godsey]

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