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Washburn Forensics

Want to be a key player in high-tech crime investigation, be able to preserve, identify and analyze evidence, crack cold cases and ensure justice is served? Consider one of four forensics programs offered at Washburn University in partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.


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Forensic Anthropology

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Forensic Chemical Science

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Forensic Investigation

Why study forensics at Washburn?

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center.
  • Learn directly from KBI experts who guest lecture or serve as adjunct instructors.
  • Explore career opportunities through internships with KBI.
  • Work in the Washburn Forensics Laboratory, housed in the KBI Forensic Science Center.

Washburn Forensics + KBI

This state-of-the-science facility on the campus of Washburn University includes more than 10,000 square feet for academic use. 

Specially designed for Washburn students:

  • Vehicle bay for in-depth study of crime scene processing
  • Outdoor laboratory for forensic anthropology study
  • Dedicated laboratory space for each concentration area near the KBI scientists of the same discipline.
  • State-of-the-art interactive classroom and laboratory spaces

Digital Forensics



Networking cables, orange, yellow, green, blueEarn a bachelor of arts in computer information science with a concentration in digital forensics at Washburn University.

Learn to preserve, extract and analyze digital evidence in addition to software development, networking and database management. Be prepared for a wide range of careers in a rapidly growing field. As a successful graduate, you may find employment within law enforcement, the financial sector, software development and beyond. 

Learn more about Washburn's computer information science program.

Why study digital forensics at Washburn?

  • Access to state-of-the-science equipment in the new Kansas Bureau of Investigations Forensic Science Center.
  • Real-world simulation, training and internship opportunities.
  • Scholarship support.

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Forensic Anthropology



Working with bones in laboratoryEarn a bachelor of science in anthropology (forensics concentration) and a minor in biology at Washburn University.

This multidisciplinary program includes anthropology, biology, chemistry and statistics. It will prepare you for graduate study or a variety of careers. Within criminal justice, graduates of this program are eligible for jobs such as forensic crime scene specialist or criminalist. Outside of criminal justice, graduates may work in culture resource management (surveying, documenting and/or excavating sites), as well as for museums of natural history or state historical societies.

Learn more about Washburn's sociology and anthropology programs.

Why study forensic anthropology at Washburn?

  • This degree is the first bachelor-level  forensic anthropology concentration in Kansas.
  • Hands-on training in all phases of excavation and forensic analysis in our lab and outdoor site, using the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center.
  • Independent research and internship opportunities.

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Forensic Chemical Science



Student and professor, in safety goggles, working in lab.Earn a bachelor of science in forensic chemical science and minor in biology at Washburn University and be ready for a career in forensics or graduate school.

This rigorous program includes chemistry, biology, physics, calculus, statistics, communications, forensic anthropology and crime scene investigation. The multidisciplinary, state-of-the-science program has been offered at Washburn since 2006. The partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center enhances this respected program. Washburn faculty will prepare you for success.

Learn more about Washburn's Forensic Chemical Science program.

Why study forensic chemical science at Washburn?

  • Access to state-of-the-science laboratory equipment rarely available to undergraduates as you study in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center and Stoffer Science Hall.
  • Hands-on experiments with the latest in chemistry, biology and trace forensic science instruments.
  • Internship opportunities with KBI.

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Forensic Investigation



Two investigators leave a marked crime scene with equipmentEarn a bachelor of science in criminal justice with an emphasis in forensic investigation at Washburn University.

Earn your degree at the nation's first criminal justice program awarded certification by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Learn from professors with years of practical work experience in CSI and other forensic-related areas. You will graduate career-ready with skills in evidence identification, collection and analysis that will make you a valued part of an investigations team.

Learn more about Washburn's undergraduate criminal justice and legal studies program. Learn about Washburn's graduate program in criminal justice.

Why study criminal investigation at Washburn?

  • Real-world training and simulations using state-of-the-science technology at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center.
  • Internship opportunities with KBI and various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Great opportunities for scholarship awards to support study abroad experiences, scholarly activity, leadership or community service.

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