You’re curious — always wanting to know more. You ask why. You ask how. The combination of intellectual curiosity and an interest in science points to your potential in the fascinating field of Forensic Biology.
Embry-Riddle offers a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Biology that provides students with a foundation in biology, chemistry, and law with the necessary coursework to become an accredited forensic biologist from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). You will also accrue all of the prerequisite courses to continue into medical or law school, should you choose either path.
Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology
Studying at our Prescott campus means you’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs and fieldwork opportunities locally from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. ERAU students have the chance to intern with that office’s Volunteers In Protection (VIP) program, assisting in criminal investigations, working with the forensics unit, and much more.
When you study Forensic Biology at ERAU, you’ll be a part of something bigger and very exciting. Students can draw upon the strengths associated with the aligned programs in safety and security within the same College of Security and Intelligence.
The accompanying laboratory components within all of the biology and chemistry classes will offer ample hands-on experiences. In the Forensic Lab and the Biology Lab, you’ll participate in evidence collection, crime scene investigation, tissue sampling and analysis, and DNA handling techniques.
The Forensic Biology program is led by faculty from both science and law enforcement backgrounds, providing the necessary breadth to your studies.
Students have the chance to join Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA-LAE), the ERAU chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. And you can opt to participate in annual national and regional competitions in crime scene investigation, firearms, physical agility, and academics.
Forensic Biology graduates often find jobs in local and state crime labs, private forensic labs, medical examiners’ offices, offices of prosecutors and defenders, the FBI, or even the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab.
Forensic Biology graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in the following professions and with the following industry leaders: