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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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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
  • Likes working in a science lab environment

To get a better idea of what this concentration entails, take a look at the Academic Catalog and the Forensic Biology: Four-Year Curriculum Guide.

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Graduate Outcomes

Federal Bureau of Investigation Ohio Patrol Drug Enforcement Agency

Median Salary

Local forensic science labs Medical examiner and coroner offices  


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career is expected to grow by 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than average career growth. In 2021, the median salary for people engaged in forensics careers was $61,930.

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