When most people think about police work, they think about traffic cops and crowd control. The truth is, the field of criminal justice is much broader and is very open to people with knowledge of many fields. Forensic science is one of those fields. While many police work type fields require a lot of hands on training, forensics is a little different. Students studying in this filed have to learn a lot about science and chemical analysis. This is a lot easier to teach online than most criminal justice courses, so degree programs in criminal justice with a forensics twist are becoming common through distance learning.
Online education sprang up about ten years ago. At first, only a few schools offered online classes and these were not very respected. Today, students can earn degrees by studying only online. The schools that offer these programs are respected and students who earn their degree in this manner find many good jobs. This is true in the criminal justice field as well as many other fields. Students still learn everything they need to succeed through multimedia lectures, videos and activities through the school's website. These classes are becoming more and more interactive and even allow students to attend chat sessions with professors.
Online programs do have an inherent deficiency when compared to ground campus programs. The fact that students do not meet contacts in person cannot be ignored, but it can be addressed. Students can go out of their way to build online relationships with other students and get to know people this way. It does take some effort, but it is not impossible. Students who do make this effort report being very happy with their online education. They find great jobs and sometimes go on to earn advanced degrees in their field or a similar one.