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Forensic Biology Program Overview

This optional concentration for biology majors will provide you with a strong background in biology and chemistry, along with specialized, upper-level courses in forensics. Coursework in AU’s Criminal Justice Department complements the science courses to add a foundational understanding of environmental law. After graduation, you will be prepared for a rewarding career in a forensic laboratory or for graduate study in the fascinating area of forensics.

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In Person

Credit Hours


Time to Complete

4 years


Is This Concentration Right for You?

This area of study is ideal for anyone who:

  • Is equally interested in biology and chemistry.
  • Wants to make a difference to the environment and the criminal justice system.
  • Enjoys working in a science lab environment.
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Sample Curriculum

Learn more about the Forensic Biology curriculum by reviewing the Four-Year Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.

Other related programs include the Biology and Medical Laboratory Science programs.


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Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural and physical sciences. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

AU Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation. 

Ohio EPA Scholarship

These merit based, nonrenewable scholarships will be given to undergraduate students enrolled at an Ohio public or private college/university who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering. Students must be entering their Junior or Senior year. Awardees will be selected by the Academy appointed panel.

Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

A B.S. in Biology concentrated in Forensic Biology opens doors to a captivating future where you'll apply scientific principles to solve crimes and contribute to the administration of justice. From analyzing evidence in crime labs to providing expert testimony in courtrooms, you'll play a crucial role in unraveling mysteries and bringing closure to victims and their families.

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