Forensics Professor Graham Hetrick stresses STEM in ‘View From the Body Bag’ blog

How does one enter a career in Forensics?

It’s a question Harrisburg University Forensics Professor Graham Hetrick, who also is the Dauphin County Coroner and star of the Investigation Discovery reality show, “The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead,” said he is asked most frequently by fans of the show.

In his latest “View From the Body Bag” Blog entry, Hetrick said the path to a career in forensics starts with a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, the likes of which one can find at Harrisburg University. “I can’t place enough emphasis on the importance of having a STEM background. STEM stands for a curriculum with emphasis on science, technology,

“I can’t place enough emphasis on the importance of having a STEM background. STEM stands for a curriculum with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. With this broad base, you can pursue a forensic minor, and learn how to apply scientific knowledge to law,” Hetrick says in the post he published Sunday.

“Even if you can’t immediately enter a forensic position you can work in a scientific field in any number of positions in industry, research, medicine and government,” he continues. “(HU Professor) Dr. Robert Furey and I designed a forensics program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Our primary aim was to provide a major in the field of science and technology that was interesting for students and really engages them. It’s a work in progress and a labor of love.”

To read more of the post, and other “View From the Body Bag” blog entries, visit this LINK.