Biology (Forensics) (BS)

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 School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers a BS in biology with a concentration in forensics in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

The forensics concentration emphasizes the study of scientific techniques used to solve crimes. Students pursuing the forensics concentration will take a more forensics-relevant set of courses than those students pursuing the BS in biology.

Much of the required coursework will be completed in chemistry or biology lab science courses, to ensure that graduates of this program are more 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.

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Biology (Forensics) (BS)
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Career Outlook

Graduates of this program will be able to pursue careers in forensics laboratories and in the research and development of new technologies in forensics. Graduates will be 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 will also be well positioned to enter graduate programs in forensic science.

Example Careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Biological Scientists, All Other-0.4%$74,720
Chemists 2.6%$73,480
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).

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