Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 1977)
The Status of Forensic Science Degree Programs in the United States
Forensic science faces no problem more pressing than the education and training of the scientists who staff the nation's forensic science laboratories. If one examines the critical research needs of the profession, the shortage of truly qualified laboratory scientists and supervisors, or the crisis of overwhelming case loads and backlogs, one finds that the most essential element in satisfying these needs is a core of scientifically qualified personnel. Again, when the need for maintaining high quality control (assurance) standards or for developing high ethical awareness among the professionals is under discussion, we inevitably find that laboratory personnel and the quality of their educational backgrounds are the main focus.