How many years of school do you need to become a forensic anthropologist for the air force or any other military branch?I'm interested in attending the Air Force Academy, UCLA, or UC Berkley and...

How many years of school do you need to become a forensic anthropologist for the air force or any other military branch?

I'm interested in attending the Air Force Academy, UCLA, or UC Berkley and I'd like to know how many year of school a career like this requires.

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boblawrence | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Forensic anthropologists use the combined sciences of physical anthropology and osteology (the study of bones) to study decomposed or skeletonized human remains.  They work with law enforcement and forensic pathologists as well as other forensic scientists to determine age, sex, stature and ethnicity, primarily to identify the subject.  They can also uncover skeletal injury from fractures and gunshot wounds.

 

To enter the field, you will need an undergraduate degree in biology, anatomy, physiology or anthropology, and postgraduate training at least at the master degree level.

 

The military hires forensic anthropologists at the master’s degree level.  The majority of forensic anthropologists have PhD’s.  This is especially important if you intend to teach, and adds credibility during court testimony.

 

So we are talking about a minimum of 6 years’ education to enter the field, four years at the undergraduate level, leading to a bachelor’s degree in science, and two years’ graduate study to obtain a master’s degree.

 

The first reference defines forensic anthropology.

 

The second gives comprehensive information for a career in forensic anthropology.

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