There are careers in Sacramento that combine physical anthropology with forensics and criminalistics. Also see, Criminalists (Forensic Science Technicians). The criminalist examines evidence using chemical, physical, qualitative, and quantitive laboratory techniques. You can study forensics in California at California State University, Sacramento, CA. If you go to CSUS, take a major in forensic biology.
You can become a forensic science technican or criminalist if you combine enough biomedical anthropology courses with forensic chemistry and forensics. And you can study locally for such careers in Sacramento, Chico, and/or Davis. Major in forensic anthropology at California State University, Chico – Forensic Anthropology.
Or you can minor in physical anthropology and forensic chemistry. You need courses in those areas, especially the forensic chemistry if you’re competing for a job as a criminalist, forensic scientist, or forensic anthropologist.
There also are careers for artists and sculptors in the field of forensic anthropology, restoring faces in three dimensions by computer or with a copy of the skull and clay as you work on crime victims or fossils. Check out the site, Biomedical Anthropology Page. Also see the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Job List. How would you like a job restoring the faces of fossil skulls? Check out the NY Times article, June 6, 2002, “Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces.” Perhaps you’d like a career in Forensic art and illustration?
That’s why if you’re majoring in forensic anthropology, you’d need to take a minor in biochemistry and include courses in anatomy and physiology. See Sacramento county’s criminalist qualifications site. If you want to study for a graduate degree in Forensic Anthropology in California, see offerings of the California State University, Los Angeles Forensic Anthropology.
If you’re in Sacramento and want a career in forensic anthropology, how do you begin? First, you’d need courses in anatomy and physiology which you can take a community colleges locally. You could take a major at a community college in forensic sciences and physical anthropology or combine courses in both areas. See, California Forensic Science Technicians: Schools and Careers.
Also, check out Forensic Science Technicians – #558 Criminalists.p65. See the website, Forensics Laboratory — Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Another branch that relates to information security rather than forensic anthropology is information security. See the Information Security Society’s Sacramento area meetings. ISSA-Sacramento – Meetings. This field protects against cyber attacks on information, for example computer data.
How do you use your anthropology major and criminalistics minor to find local employment? You need to find local courses that combine physical anthropology with forensics and criminalistics. Here are some links to forensic anthropology and human osteology sites.
Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology Resources
California Association of Criminalists
American Academy of Forensic Science
Forensic Medicine Jobs
The following is a collection of web sites that may be of iterest to an both the professional and student forensic anthropologist. Also see the Forensic Anthropology resources website.
Anatomy & Physiology HomePage
Excellent tutorials on the Skull, Vertebrae, Hand, Muscles, Brain, Cranial Nerves, and Histology. Created by Dr. J. Crimando at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, AZ.
Biomedical Anthropology Page
Study guide on Craniofacial Anthropometry and a Glossary of Skeletal Anatomy from 3.
Human Skeleton Index
A human osteology manual page – click the pictures for a full drawings complete with labels. The rest of this site from CSU Sacramento also has images of fossil casts on their 7 page.
Dental Microwear Web Site
from Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas.
excellent interactive learning enviornment with high-quality images and 3-D images of bones, muscles, articulations, and morphological features, as well as comparative anatomy created by the University of Texas at Austin.
The Skull Practical Exam
“The purpose of this lesson is to help you learn the various parts of and landmarks on the skull.” More great lessons such as this can be found at the 32 anatomy lessons page.
from CSU Chico. A clickable image map of the skull, labeling the bones and parts.
Peter Brown’s Paleohome
Australian and Asian Palaeoanthropology.
Marci’s Anthro Page
My personal anthro page with study guides of determination of sex and race from skull, and online journal articles.
The Human Dentition
Quicktime database of human dentition.
Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body
Excellent. Entire anatomy book with pictures online.
Human Anatomic Variation
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation.
Site lists online medical books.
Spoilheap – Burial Archaeology
“information about British archaeology, pottery and other ceramics, burial archaeology and human skeletal remains.”
Download a Forensic Anthropology Manual by Peter Brown.
Midori’s Web Page
“This website (1) provides general information on what forensic anthropology is, (2) and guidelines for planning your education and career in the specialized area of forensic anthropology.”
Gunshot Wounds A Summary
This article by Ann H. Ross has pics of Cranial entrance and exit sites and lots of good info on bone and gunshot wounds as well as a list of refrences.
Informative site by Ed Uthman, MD, Diplomate, American Board of Pathology, includes “Forensic Pathology Careers: Frequently Asked Questions’, ‘Role of the Forensic Pathologist’, and lots of other very useful info.
FBI Handbook of Forensic Services
“procedures for safe and efficient methods of collecting and preserving evidence” from the FBI Laboratory.
great site which covers in depth the importance of insects at crime scenes.
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
Located in Washington, D.C., the museum displays depictions of historically famous crime scenes along with detailed information concerning crime and punishment. Also visit their CSI blog.
Zeno’s Forensic Page
A must see. Huge database of forensic links and resources.
Reddy’s Forensic Page
Lots and lots of stuff.
Anthromorphemics Anthropology Glossary
from the Department of Anthropology at University of California Santa Barbara.
the Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists.
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Job List
Current job listings in forensics.
AAA On-line Career Center
“An interactive and searchable service for employers seeking anthropologists and anthropologists seeking jobs” from the American Anthropological Asssociation.
AAPA Job Announcements
Jobs for Physical Anthropologists.
ASCLD Employment Opportunities
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Current job openings in forensics.
CAC Employment Opportunities
California Association of Criminalists job page.
Archaeology employment listings, resumes, field schools, volunteer opportunities, and other resources for those in the internet archaeological community. If you’re a physical anthropology student interested in a career in forensics that combines anthropology with forensic technology training, check out the site, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Job List.
Jobs in Archaeology, CRM and academics.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Online searchable index.
Full text search of journals, including: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and many more.
Where to Study Forensic Anthropology and/or Forensics in California
California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI)
University of California, Berkley – School of Public Health
California State University, Los Angels, CA
California State University, Sacramento, CA
California State University, Fullerton, CA
California State University, Chico – Forensic Anthropology
California State University, Fresno
University of California, Davis
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Los Angels (UCLA)
City College of San Francisco
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University