A forensic or a forensic science degree is different from a criminology degree in a number of ways. A forensic science degree prepares students to begin a career as a forensic scientist. A forensic science degree also contains certain hours of lab work that are essential to work as a forensic scientist. On the other hand, a criminology degree has a broad focus and you can join various careers apart from forensic scientist. It usually does not offer lab work, required for forensic scientists.