Ballistics Forensics

By: Drew Cagle

Working Areas

  • Collecting Evidence
  • Firing test rounds
  • Writing Reports
  • Providing courtroom testimony
  • Preforming Tests For Gun Shot Residue
  • Searching crime scenes
  • Identifying fire arms

Core requirements for a bachelors degree in forensics

  • Principles of Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology Laboratory
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Organic Laboratory
  • Criminalistics
  • Calculus
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Physics Laboratory
  • College physics
  • Calculus-Based Physics

What is Ballistics Forensics?

Ballistics Forensics are the people you see on TV in crime shows like : CSI or NCIS. They study crime scenes and put murders in jail. They study the bullets and find out where that came from and from what gun.

How is Ballistics Forensics important to humans and society

It helps keep the crazy murders off the streets.

How Ballistics Forensics has affected me

Ballistics Forensics has kept me alive, and not shot.

How long Has Ballistics forensics been around

Ballistics Forensics has been around since around the 1920s


The salary of a ballistics forensics scientist differs on the size of the lab and where it its located.

  • Nassau County, New York : $39,085-$77,532
  • Wheaton, Illinois : $40,390-$67,318
  • Los Angeles, California : $77,402-$96,152
  • Arkansas State Crime Lab : $37,332-$62,616
  • Norfolk, Virginia: $50,139-$83,880
  • Ventura County, California : $71,606-$100,465