Today, the field of forensic science is more competitive than ever. With an increasing interest in the field due to popularization of the work via crime-dramas and true-crime series such as CSI, NCIS, and Forensic Files, it feels as though people may be flocking to the profession. With this brings an increasing amount of both students and therefore academic programs that claim to prepare students for the workforce. I firmly believe that Cedar Crest College is going above and beyond to make students into top-notch professionals that are prepared for work in the field.
The MSFS Program has not only armed me with knowledge in the many disciplines of forensic science and provided me the opportunity to hone my skills in a laboratory, but the program has taught me how to communicate my knowledge both orally and in written form. During the first year, students enroll in the Professional Communication course, which betters students’ oral presentation and writing skills. During the second year of the program, students must analyze evidence and present their findings during a moot court, where not only knowledge is important, but communication of knowledge is key to success.
Critical thinking skills and accurate and precise laboratory skills are not the only things that make an individual scientifically competent in our field. It is vital for a forensic scientist to be able to articulate the results of testing carried out in the laboratory on all levels – from explaining data to supervisors and peers to making the results of an analysis understandable to the lay-person when testifying in a court of law.
The MSFS Program at Cedar Crest College is preparing me for both the present and future of forensic science in a variety of ways, and I am confident that the knowledge I am gaining through this program will serve me well entering the field.