Some positive effects of forensic science on chemistry students

At least three broad positive effects of forensic science on undergraduate chemistry students can be easily delineated. It has always provided rewarding and stable employment for a small number of chemistry graduates; the recent very positive treatment of the field of Forensic Science by the media has provided a positive image of forensic chemists and of scientists in general, in contrast to the frequent rather negative portrayal of scientists by the media; this favorable portrayal has attracted many students to forensic science or chemistry programs significantly swelling the number of science trained graduates. Some students develop a love of science and a desire for graduate education in forensic science and many other science fields. The clear applicability of forensic science has a strong appeal to those in search of a career. Once involved in science they may broaden their career outlook.
Prof Howard A Harris PhD,JD
Author Affiliation: 
Department of Forensic Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, United States