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Biology/Forensic Biology Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Forensic Biology?

You've seen them on T.V. gathering evidence at a crime scene or testing DNA samples in a lab. They are forensics experts, scientific detectives who search for clues that answer the "who, what and when" questions of a legal investigation. If you have an inquiring mind and like biology and chemistry, you may be interested in Ferris State's Forensic Biology degree.

Forensic biology is the application of biological knowledge and laboratory techniques to criminal and civil investigations as well as to the identification of unknown individuals. The forensic biology degree builds on a solid foundation of biology and chemistry, with unique core courses in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic human pathology and forensic DNA analysis. The degree is designed for the student who is interested in analyzing biological evidence as it relates to legal and other investigations, or collecting and processing evidence at a crime scene or in a laboratory. It is also excellent preparation for graduate work in specialized areas of forensics.

Students receive extensive training in the collection and analysis of biological evidence in both lab and field settings. Students learn how to evaluate mock crime scenes that include decomposition of animal remains in the field. They also learn how to document, collect and analyze the insects, plants and other biological evidence to determine the time of death. Students learn to identify skeletal remains, and evaluate trauma.

Career Opportunities

Forensic biology is in the midst of a revolution, and the need for well-trained forensic biologists is growing at a rapid pace. The demand for qualified forensic biologists is increasing due to the technological advances in the last five years in genetics and molecular biology.

Graduates with this degree would be eligible for entry-level positions in forensic laboratories, medical examiners offices and law enforcement agencies. It should be stressed, however, that further graduate-level education might be required for you to become employable in your chosen career. To fully prepare for any career you should understand the necessary qualifications. In the area of forensic biology, one good source of current job openings and the background required can be found at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website (www.aafs.org).

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds that include high school courses in science and chemistry. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics sub scores will be considered in the admission and placement process

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Forensic Biology program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Joseph Lipar
PHONE: 231-591-2550
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Forensic Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 37 Credits

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Forensic Biology
4
General Microbiology
3
Principles of Genetics
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2
Choose One Option:
BIOL 205 OR BIOL 321 and BIOL 322
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Note: Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both BIOL 205 and BIOL 321/BIOL 322.
BIOL 386 may substitute BIOL 286.

Ecology

Choose one of the following:
Ecological Assessment
3
Environmental Conservation
3
Ecology
3
BIOL Electives - 3-6 Credits
300 Level or above
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4

Supporting Sciences - 40-46 Credits

Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Science and Crime
3
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5

Choose one:

Quantitative Analysis
4
Forensic Chemistry
3
Biochemistry Lab 1
2
Choose one:
Fund of Biochemistry
3
or
Biochemistry
4
Choose One Option:
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 OR PHYS 241 and PHYS 242
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5

Biology Application Area

Introduction to Crim Justice
3
CJ Investigation Issues
3
Stats for the Life Sciences
3

Elective Credits 200 level or higher (consult advisor)
Credit hours to reach the minimum 121 credits required for this degree.  

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.