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The forensic biology concentration requires an additional 24 credits in biology, forensic science and elective credits beyond the core requirements and is well-suited for students interested in graduate study or careers in the forensic biology section of forensic laboratories. Students also will be prepared for work in molecular biology laboratories in both the public and private sectors. Students completing the forensic biology concentration will be eligible for a minor in chemistry. Additionally, students who complete BIOL 317 or BIOL 318 will be eligible for a minor in biology.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know how to do the following:

Forensic science core outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the laws of criminal procedure and rules of evidence
  • Demonstrate proper crime scene investigation and reconstruction
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional duties and responsibilities of the forensic scientist
  • Apply basic principles, theory and laboratory procedures of biology, chemistry and physics to forensic science

Forensic biology concentration-specific outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge, capabilities, use and limitations of forensic biology laboratory techniques