VCU Department of Forensic Science

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  • A Forensic Scientist 2 must hold a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.
    • Acceptable institutions are those accredited by or those which have pertinent educational programs accredited by commissions or agencies recognized by the U.S. Office of Education. 
    • The education of each employee shall be verified prior to being hired by Forensic Services
    • A copy of the college transcript (including specific required coursework) and proof of graduation for all personnel with education requirements listed must be provided to ISPFS. Successful completion of a course means a college or university defined passing grade.
    • Degree must be in a biology or chemistry related science.  Must have successfully completed a minimum of seventeen (17) semester (or 26 quarter) units of chemistry or biology related college level coursework. Coursework must include at least one course each in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and statistics or population genetics totaling 12 semesters (or 14 quarter) units    
    • When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual and current applicable Quality Assurance Standard)    


  • Two (2) years of qualifying work experience in the specified discipline. Qualifying work experience includes:
    • Working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads or individual characteristic database samples (as applicable), successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities
    • Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence
    • Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences
    • Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed in the specified discipline
    • Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing forensic biology screening and/or DNA casework    
    • Will be required to obtain specialty certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in Molecular Biology within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position
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