Preparing for Forensic Science Careers

Forensic Anthropology Serves the Region

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Department of Anthropology programs provide hands-on experience to undergrads and graduate students interested in forensic science.

  • The Physical Anthropology Human Identification Laboratory serves Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Faculty, staff, and students assist county sheriffs and coroners, district attorneys, as well as the California Department of Justice and the Nevada Division of Investigation.
  • Chico State has two practicing forensic anthropologists with experience consulting for the U.S. Defense Department and for the United Nations in Bosnia, and at the World Trade Center following 9/11, in Thailand following the tsunami of 2005, and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Forensic anthropology faculty and students assisted with fire scene recovery at the sites of the Sept. 10, 2010, San Bruno, California, explosions and fires.
  • The annual Chico Forensics Conference has brought top names in forensic anthropology to the North State for 10 years.

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