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  1. #1 Need advice on becoming a Forensic Anthropologist... 
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    Hey forum,
    After much thought I've decided that I want to become a forensic anthropologist. I've been reading on how to become one and the requirements I need to achieve this, but it's still a bit hazy. From what I have read, I need to have a bachelors in Anthropology or Osteology to get accepted into the program, that and take a test. (Not sure which one though) Is there anyone here that can help me find out in detail what can I do to give me a boost while I take my basics in Community College? (Books, practice tests, info, etc)
    Any help would suffice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imati ozomatli View Post
    Hey forum,
    After much thought I've decided that I want to become a forensic anthropologist. I've been reading on how to become one and the requirements I need to achieve this, but it's still a bit hazy. From what I have read, I need to have a bachelors in Anthropology or Osteology to get accepted into the program, that and take a test. (Not sure which one though) Is there anyone here that can help me find out in detail what can I do to give me a boost while I take my basics in Community College? (Books, practice tests, info, etc)
    Any help would suffice.
    Thank you.
    The links below should help you a bit. However I have a feeling you were hoping to find someone with first hand knowledge of the subjects of your interest.

    I'm thinking there are probably not a lot of people in those fields that have much time to posts on a science forum, if you know what I mean. If I were in your position I would narrow down the list of schools I would want to consider and then ask for people in those fields you could talk to, to help you clarify your educational goals.

    Anyway it goes for you, Good luck.

    By the way can you say exactly what sparked your interest? I'm thinking watching the Bones series on TV, would be enough to do it.


    Education Required for Forensic Anthropology | eHow.com

    Forensic Science Degree Requirements | eHow.com

    Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology Resources - ForensicAnthro.com


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    Hehe Thanks arKane, those are some good articles. For schools, I want to enroll into San Marcos State University because I've read it has one of the best forensics labs and classes in the world. (I'm skeptical about the world, but it's a great school) The time issue did cross my mind, but any help would do, whether first hand or articles.

    As for my interest, I do like to watch Bones, but I know no crime scene or investigation can unfurl so quickly and be solved in a matter of days like they do in the television. (I wish lol) I've always had a passion for psychology, biology, and anatomy. To understand how the body moves, works, and thinks is something I've been fascinated with since I was maybe 11. Last year, a fellow friend I knew was murdered at a gas station he worked in, he was shot in the back by a masked gun man. The way they traced him was by analyzing the suspects shoes to previous surveillance footage earlier and well he touched a beer can, from there they matched the fingerprints of the can to the area he touched during the robbery/murder. They found the culprit and justice was served. To know that there are people that can help the helpless, bring closure, and help a family is more than enough motivation to keep me on track. That's a brief answer for my interest.

    Sorry if I wrote a little too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imati ozomatli View Post
    Hehe Thanks arKane, those are some good articles. For schools, I want to enroll into San Marcos State University because I've read it has one of the best forensics labs and classes in the world. (I'm skeptical about the world, but it's a great school) The time issue did cross my mind, but any help would do, whether first hand or articles.

    As for my interest, I do like to watch Bones, but I know no crime scene or investigation can unfurl so quickly and be solved in a matter of days like they do in the television. (I wish lol) I've always had a passion for psychology, biology, and anatomy. To understand how the body moves, works, and thinks is something I've been fascinated with since I was maybe 11. Last year, a fellow friend I knew was murdered at a gas station he worked in, he was shot in the back by a masked gun man. The way they traced him was by analyzing the suspects shoes to previous surveillance footage earlier and well he touched a beer can, from there they matched the fingerprints of the can to the area he touched during the robbery/murder. They found the culprit and justice was served. To know that there are people that can help the helpless, bring closure, and help a family is more than enough motivation to keep me on track. That's a brief answer for my interest.

    Sorry if I wrote a little too much.
    That skill set will most likely be a job that will travel a lot. While most cities will support CSI labs a forensic anthropologist is an advanced specialist that most cities won't pay for, but they will call from time to time. You might actually get trips outside of the US. So are you currently living in California? San Marcos will be a nice place to spend a few years getting educated.

    Anyway people that help solve crime and make sure the right people get convicted have my respect. I can't imagine anything much worse than being wrongly convicted of murder. But I hate the idea of murderers getting away with it too.
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    Yeah, forensic anthropologists usually don't get as much work as other due to the fact that agencies don't want to spend a lot. I hope I do indeed get to travel and work outside the U.S as well as inside the country, I'll go wherever I'm needed. I live in Texas right now, and the school is in San Marcos, TX ( I should have been more specific) so I'm pretty happy about the fact I won't have to pay out-of-state tuition.

    Yeah I hear you, stripping an innocent man's life is one thing I hope I never do. Just to think about it, let alone know that it's happened before is bone chilling. Luckily, we live in a more advanced technological era with more insight to the human body and better equipment, so even though i does happen, it's down a lot more than before. Fingers crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imati ozomatli View Post
    Yeah, forensic anthropologists usually don't get as much work as other due to the fact that agencies don't want to spend a lot. I hope I do indeed get to travel and work outside the U.S as well as inside the country, I'll go wherever I'm needed. I live in Texas right now, and the school is in San Marcos, TX ( I should have been more specific) so I'm pretty happy about the fact I won't have to pay out-of-state tuition.

    Yeah I hear you, stripping an innocent man's life is one thing I hope I never do. Just to think about it, let alone know that it's happened before is bone chilling. Luckily, we live in a more advanced technological era with more insight to the human body and better equipment, so even though i does happen, it's down a lot more than before. Fingers crossed.
    I lived in Dallas/Fortworth close to the airport for 8 years, but grew up in southern California beach cities, so Texas weather never appealed to me. You should talk to MacGyver1968 he might live close to you or something. Getting back to executing the innocent, I bet Texas holds the record, considering how fast they go from conviction to execution and maybe Florida is a close second.
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    Hehe, I've lived in Houston all my life the weather still doesn't appeal to me. Houston has some of the most erratic weather in the U.S, I've been to Salinas, CA, Boston, Denver and none have as much crazy weather as Houston. I'll give Macgyver a email, thanks for your help arKane. Texas has a strict capital punishment, last I remember it was one murder equals the death penalty, but I haven't kept up with it so it might have changed already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imati ozomatli View Post
    Hehe, I've lived in Houston all my life the weather still doesn't appeal to me. Houston has some of the most erratic weather in the U.S, I've been to Salinas, CA, Boston, Denver and none have as much crazy weather as Houston. I'll give Macgyver a email, thanks for your help arKane. Texas has a strict capital punishment, last I remember it was one murder equals the death penalty, but I haven't kept up with it so it might have changed already.
    I hear Houston is more humid than Dallas. Try the Chatbox if you want. Many of us get into some good chats.
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