Solving Crimes With Science

Consider adding the Forensic Biology concentration to your major at Ashland University if you’re interested in applying biological principles to law enforcement.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319, Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309
phyman@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221, Kettering Science Center
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Forensic Biology Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $1,500 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Becky Corbin (rcorbin@ashland.edu )

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,500

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain Natural Science Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319, Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309
phyman@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221, Kettering Science Center
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Forensic Biology Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $1,500 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Becky Corbin (rcorbin@ashland.edu )

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,500

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain Natural Science Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

What to Expect

This optional concentration for the Biology major will provide you with a strong background in both biology and chemistry along with specialized upper-level courses specifically applicable to forensics.

Coursework in Ashland University’s criminal justice department complements this science to add a foundational understanding of law environment. After graduation, you’ll be prepared for on-the-job- training in a forensic laboratory or for graduate forensics study.

Forensic BIology Program Benefits

The many benefits of this program include:

  • Over 20 years of experience in forensic science
  • Coursework that meets FBI standards for a DNA analyst in a forensic science laboratory
  • Opportunities to take unique forensics-related coursework offered by the toxicology program, one of only a few undergraduate toxicology programs in the country
  • Modern teaching and research labs with cutting-edge tools used in molecular biology
  • Laboratory experience and course credit by conducting independent research with faculty

Forensic Biology Concentration Career Outlook

This career is expected to grow 17 percent by 2026, much faster than average career growth.

Career Opportunities

The Forensic Science program has a proven track record of placing Ashland graduates in positions with:

  • FBI
  • Ohio Patrol
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Local forensic science labs and coroner's offices

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