“Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding."
- Brian Greene
You’re the kind of person who sees what others cannot. You rarely take anything at face value – because there are always layers to peel back and new information to uncover. In other words, you’re the perfect forensic anthropology student.
At Washburn University, you can capitalize on your natural proclivity for investigation by earning a Bachelor of Science in anthropology with a forensic concentration and a minor in biology. This multidisciplinary program includes courses in anthropology, biology, chemistry and statistics, and will help prepare you for graduate study or a variety of career opportunities.
Students in the forensic anthropology major will take classes and get hands-on training with state of the art equipment. Our partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) gives students the opportunity to learn from KBI scientists serving as adjunct instructors or by working alongside them through forensic anthropology internships. Students also will collaborate with faculty and students in the other forensic programs such as chemistry, biology, criminal justice and computer science.
Forensic anthropology applies the scientific knowledge of physical anthropology to the collection and analysis of legal evidence. Due to their training in anthropology, skeletal biology and osteology, forensic anthropologists serve a unique role in forensic science. These professionals:
Forensic anthropologists work in laboratories, at crime scenes, in offices, and in morgues. As a professional in the field, you may work for federal, state, and local governments; international organizations; public and private laboratories; medical examiner’s offices; hospitals; universities; police departments; or as independent forensic science consultants.
After earning your B.S. in anthropology with a forensic concentration, you can seek a variety of positions within the criminal justice field, such as:
You’ll also be eligible for jobs outside the criminal justice field, including positions in:
Many forensic anthropology students go on to earn a Master’s or Ph.D. in physical anthropology. Upon obtaining a Master’s-level degree, you would have additional job opportunities, such as:
Board-certified forensic anthropologists have earned a Ph.D. in physical anthropology with an emphasis in skeletal biology. Most are university professors who consult for coroners, medical examiners and, possible, human rights organizations.
With a career in forensic anthropology, you can work to make a difference in the field of law enforcement. And Washburn University offers a tremendous environment to pursue that path. Our faculty and staff are well prepared to guide you in pursuing your education and career objectives, so call or visit us today to learn more about our forensic anthropology degree program!