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Forensic Science Schools in California

There are 14 California schools offering forensic science programs. 300 students graduated with degrees from California forensic science schools in 2010. 136 of all these students graduated with certificates and 113 students graduated with masters degrees.

Overview

On average, 289 students graduate from forensic science programs in this state every year. This accounts for about 24% of students who schools in the United States graduate from forensic science programs. Out of those, 136 students graduated with forensic science certificates, 51 with a degree at the associate's level, and 113 with a master's level degree.

14 forensic science schools are located in this state. Of these, one school is private, while 13 schools are public. Tuition at a public forensic science school varies from $4,848 to $11,958, while private forensic science school tuitions are $11,088.

Average tuition for forensic science programs is $10,043. While the highest tuition for forensic science programs, which is $11,958 per year, is at the University of California-Davis, the lowest tuition in California, which is $4,848 per year, is at California State University-Los Angeles.

California schools offer certificates, associates degrees, and masters degrees for students pursing forensic science.

Forensic Science Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

On average, 289 students graduate from forensic science programs in this state every year. This accounts for about 24% of students who schools in the United States graduate from forensic science programs. Out of those, 136 students graduated with forensic science certificates, 51 with a degree at the associate's level, and 113 with a master's level degree.

Forensic Science Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 117
  • Certificate 2007: 136
  • Certificate 2008: 120
  • Certificate 2009: 118
  • Certificate 2010: 136
  • Associate 2006: 55
  • Associate 2007: 64
  • Associate 2008: 62
  • Associate 2009: 39
  • Associate 2010: 51
  • Master 2006: 95
  • Master 2007: 104
  • Master 2008: 97
  • Master 2009: 114
  • Master 2010: 113

Forensic Science Program Availability in California

Schools in California offer a total of 19 programs in forensic science. Of these programs, approximately 57.9% are certificate level programs. The remaining programs are degrees at the associates level and the masters level.

Forensic Science Program Availability in California

  • Certificate: 11
  • Associate: 5
  • Master: 3

Career Trends

Forensic Science Technicians — Salary by Percentile

Forensic Science Technicians — Salary by Percentile

Forensic Science Technicians — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 42490
  • 25th Percentile: 51540
  • Median: 64770
  • 75th Percentile: 81100
  • 90th Percentile: 102620

Career Trends

Forensic Science Technicians — Employment Trend

Forensic Science Technicians — Employment Trend

Forensic Science Technicians — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 58480
  • Median Salary 2007: 59980
  • Median Salary 2008: 63430
  • Median Salary 2009: 63980
  • Median Salary 2010: 64770
  • Total Employed 2006: 1570
  • Total Employed 2007: 1540
  • Total Employed 2008: 1460
  • Total Employed 2009: 1780
  • Total Employed 2010: 1710

California vs National Forensic Science Employment

California vs National Forensic Science Employment

  • Employed in California: 13.801% (1710)

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1. San Diego Miramar College

10440 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92126-2999
(619) 388-7800

San Diego Miramar College offers two programs in forensic science. Of those, students are offered one certificate in forensic science by it and one forensic science degree at the associate's level. It is a public 2-year institution. It is the fifth largest institution in the state of California offering forensic science in terms of programs.

2. Norco College

2001 Third St
Norco, CA 92860
(951) 372-7000

Norco College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1991. It is located in the suburbs of Norco, California. This college offers students 29 certificates and 24 degrees at the associates level. In 2010, 10,540 students sought degrees from the 29 programs at this college. It offers subjects such as special education, technology, and computer programming. This college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

3. Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 685-1230

Diablo Valley College is in the suburbs of Pleasant Hill, California and it offers one program in forensic science. It is one of 98 community colleges in California. It is the ninth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in forensic science.

4. Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1000

Loma Linda University is a 4-year institution, founded in 1905. This school is in the suburbs of Loma Linda, California. This school offers students 42 certificates, five degrees at the associates level, 16 degrees at the bachelors level, 53 masters level degrees, and 29 degrees at the doctoral level. 4,266 students sought degrees from the 87 programs at this school in 2010. It offers subjects such as advanced nursing and biochemistry. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities accredits it. LLU is one of 11 institutions with a medical school in California.

5. Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
(619) 644-7000

Grossmont College offers two forensic science programs. Out of those, students are offered one forensic science certificate by this college and one degree at the associate's level in forensic science. This big college is in the suburbs of El Cajon, California. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

6. Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600

Fresno City College is 1.9 miles from the heart of downtown. It offers two programs in forensic science. Of those, this college offers students one forensic science certificate and one degree at the associate's level in forensic science. It is a public 2-year institution. In terms of programs, this college is the largest institution in the state of California offering forensic science.

7. City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112-1898
(415) 239-3000

City College of San Francisco offers one program in forensic science and it is 3.8 miles from the heart of downtown. 32,966 students seek degrees in 154 City College of San Francisco programs, overall. In terms of programs, this community college is the biggest institution in the state of California offering forensic science.

8. Moreno Valley College

16130 Lasselle St
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
(951) 571-6100

Moreno Valley College is a public 2-year institution. It is in Moreno Valley, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. It offers 29 certificates and 23 degrees at the associates level to students. 10,684 students pursued degrees from the 29 programs at this college in 2010. It offers subjects such as language, physician assisting, and emergency management. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

9. Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2710
(714) 892-7711

Golden West College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1966. It is in the suburbs of Huntington Beach, California. This college offers students 57 certificates and 57 associates level degrees. 13,919 students pursued degrees from the 57 programs at this college in 2010. It offers subjects such as biology, public relations, and business. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits this college. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

10. East Los Angeles College

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
(323) 265-8650

East Los Angeles College, which is 2.2 miles from the center of the city, is located in Monterey Park, CA and this college offers one program in forensic science. It is a public 2-year institution. This college is the fourth biggest institution in the state of California offering forensic science in terms of programs.

11. Riverside City College

4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 222-8000x8979

Riverside City College offers one forensic science program and this college is 1.4 miles from the center of the city. This community college is a public 2-year institution. This large college ranks seventh in terms of enrollment in the state of California.

12. National University

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

National University offers one forensic science program and this school, which is very close to La Jolla, California, is in a rural setting. In terms of programs, it is the second biggest institution in the state of California offering forensic science.

13. Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr
San Pablo, CA 94806-3195
(510) 235-7800

Contra Costa College offers one forensic science program and this college is in the suburbs of San Pablo, California. 7,975 students seek degrees in 100 Contra Costa College programs, overall.

14. Southwestern College

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 482-6550

Southwestern College offers two forensic science programs. More specifically, it offers students one forensic science certificate and one degree at the associate's level in forensic science. This community college is located in the suburbs of Chula Vista, California. This college is a public 2-year institution. This college is the tenth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in forensic science.

15. The University of California - Davis

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011

The University of California-Davis offers one program in forensic science and this university is in the suburbs of Davis, California. This public university is a public, 4-year, research institution. This university is the oldest institution in the state of California offering forensic science programs.

16. Long Beach City College

4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808-1706
(562) 938-4111

Long Beach City College offers one forensic science program and this college is near the heart of downtown. This college is a public 2-year institution. This college is the fourth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in forensic science.

17. Palomar College

1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069-1487
(760) 744-1150

Palomar College, which is 1.1 miles from the heart of downtown, is in San Marcos, CA. It offers two programs in forensic science. Out of those, this community college offers students one forensic science certificate and one associate's level degree in forensic science. 26,231 students pursue degrees in 210 Palomar College programs, overall. This college ranks fourth in terms of enrollment in the state of California.

18. California State University - Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

California State University-Los Angeles offers one forensic science program and it is 4.2 miles from the center of the city. 20,142 students pursue degrees in 104 programs at this university, overall. It is the biggest institution in the state of California offering forensic science in terms of programs.