Forensic Biology Degree Program

female student in blue shirt using microscopeIf you want to use the power of science to understand evidence, consider forensic biology.

Forensic biology is a field that includes any application of a biological technique or method to a legal investigation. The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology degree at Washburn University includes a rigorous curriculum, aimed at developing a well-rounded biologist while providing opportunities to take specialized forensic classes often taught by those with real-life casework experience.

Washburn University's partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation means there is a major state crime lab right on campus. If you study forensic biology at Washburn, you can gain experience on instrumentation and learn techniques that are currently used in the field.

Through events such as National Forensic Science Week, students can meet practicing forensic professionals from around the area and learn about potential internship opportunities.

The B.S. in Forensic Biology degree at Washburn University includes a rigorous curriculum, aimed at developing a well-rounded biologist while providing opportunities to take specialized forensic classes often taught by those with real-life casework experience. Students in the program benefit from the relative small class sizes Washburn University strives to keep. The program also allows for students to be involved with research that can directly impact the forensic biology field. Previous work has led to student contributions to both forensic publications and conference presentations.

A successful forensic biologist needs a strong background in biology and an appreciation for how that knowledge can be used in a legal setting. The B.S. in Forensic Biology degree at Washburn University includes classes that not only facilitate the establishment of a strong biological foundation, but also specialized opportunities pertaining to forensics such as access to instrumentation used in the field and the completion of mock cases. Access to these techniques and practices will aid students in the pursuit of job opportunities following graduation from Washburn University. Furthermore, interactions with working forensics professionals gives students a true glimpse into the reality of a job in the forensics field. 

With an education in forensic biology, you can explore a unique career field that allows you to make a difference in the lab. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology, you'll have many options. Among them:
  • Forensic biologist (DNA analysis) or a forensic scientist (in a non-DNA based field such as latent prints) at a local, state, federal, or private laboratory
  • Research scientist in a forensics or non-forensics field
  • Graduate school for a MS or PhD
  • Medical or Pharmacy school

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