The Forensic Biology degree is a multidisciplinary program focusing on the application of natural and physical scientific methods/theories pertaining to legal issues and investigations. Students receive a broad-based education covering biological, chemical, and physical science methods, including extensive laboratory work. This core natural science foundation builds on the fundamentals of forensic science and prepares students in the recognition, collection, and analysis of physical evidence in criminal and civil law.
The Forensic Biology degree offers coursework including
- a survey of forensic science
- introduction to law and criminal justice
- courtroom procedure and expert testimony
- quality assurance
- ethics and professional practice
Additionally, this program offers advanced coursework
- forensic biology
- forensic chemistry
- forensic microscopy and trace evidence
- forensics methods validation
Forensic Biology Internships and Real-world Experiences
Forensic science internships, mentoring, and research opportunities are also available to students. In some cases, students may work under the supervision of forensic science faculty to process and analyze case evidence and/or participate in significant research projects.
Our forensic biology students are often invited to attend professional conferences of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, and other professional training and networking events.
94% Success Rate
94% of bachelor’s degree students reported successful outcomes within six months of graduation.
Forensic Science Club
The Forensic Science Club of Keystone College provides student members with the opportunity to participate in activities pertaining to science to help prepare for a career in forensic science.
“Keystone prepared me for my career by providing the knowledge necessary to succeed in my field of study. The faculty always made sure the curriculum was up to standards for the needs of the student in their field. With the support and everchanging curriculum to get you best prepared for your field I believe all of these played a critical role in getting the job I have now.”
Class of 2019
Major: Forensic Biology
Forensic Scientest at Quest Diagnostics
Forensic Biology Internships
Along with classroom instruction and laboratory analysis, Keystone stresses fieldwork as a way to prepare students for the real world challenges that face those entering the workforce in forensic biology. Keystone College Forensic Biology majors also gain experience in the field by completing internships for local businesses and industries.
Careers in Forensic Biology
Upon graduation, students may attend graduate or medical school or pursue careers in crime laboratory analysis, crime scene investigation, and medical examination. The program is also ideal for students preparing to be forensic scientists in private, state and federal crime laboratories. Because this program has a core natural science foundation, it is also an appropriate major for students looking to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, education, law, and law enforcement.
The exciting careers available in the Forensic Biology field are growing at an unprecedented rate and offer numerous opportunities for advancement.
- Career opportunities and sample salaries an include:
- Crime Lab Analyst: $38,000
- Fingerprint Analyst: $45,000-$60,000
- Crime-Scene Investigation Supervisor: $47,000-$65,000
- Chief Toxicologist: $75,000-$100,000
- Assistant Medical Examiner: $115,000-$170,000
- Forensic Pathologist: $136,000-$173,000
- Chief Medical Examiner: $200,000
Real World Experience
From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.