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For those students dreaming of a career investigating crime scenes, offering expert testimony in the courtroom, or analyzing DNA in a lab setting, the Biology degree offers a concentration in forensics. Combining rigorous study in biology, chemistry, and oral communication, along with hands-on research opportunities with real life cold cases offered only at ASU’s West campus, and internships in Phoenix area crime labs, students will be uniquely prepared to enter the career field upon graduation.
The forensics concentration of the BS program in biology emphasizes the study of scientific techniques used to solve crimes. Students pursuing the forensics concentration take a more forensics-relevant set of courses than those students pursuing the BS in biology.
Much of the required coursework is completed in chemistry or biology lab science courses to ensure that graduates of this program are competitive as they apply to graduate degree programs, pursue relevant careers and enter the workforce.
Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in forensics laboratories and in the research and development of new criminal forensic technologies. Completion of the bachelor's degree in biology also ensures graduates are prepared for graduate, professional or medical degree programs.
Biology (Forensics) (BS)
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Graduates of this program pursue careers in forensics laboratories and in the research and development of new technologies in forensics. Graduates are particularly competitive for positions in forensics laboratories because the concentration focuses heavily on chemistry and biology laboratory coursework (areas that administrators and current employees in crime labs have reported are critically important). For example, as reliance upon DNA fingerprinting technologies increases, demand for forensic scientists trained in the requisite amounts of molecular biology will increase. The concentration also places focus on oral communication skills (e.g., through coursework in argumentation, COM 222 Argumentation (3) or COM 422 Advanced Argumentation (3)), which will prepare graduates for the multifaceted aspects of their careers in forensics (e.g., providing articulate and compelling expert testimony in criminal trials). Graduates of this program are also well positioned to enter graduate programs in forensic science.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary||16.2%||$74,580|
|Biological Scientists, All Other||-0.4%||$74,720|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||15.4%||$73,080|
|Clinical Research Coordinators||3.3%||$120,050|
|Forensic Science Technicians||26.6%||$55,360|
|Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary||21.4%||$57,200|
|Natural Sciences Managers||3.3%||$120,050|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).