The Forensic Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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Biology: Forensic Biology

Forensic biology is a rapidly growing sub-discipline of biological sciences dealing with the analyses of biological and genetic properties of evidence in legal matters. The specialization in forensic biology is for undergraduates interested in gaining biological skills that can be applied to forensic science. Students interested in a career in forensics may apply to BGSU's Bachelor of Science program in forensic science.

Quality classroom experiences

Forensic biology draws from many areas of biology including genetics, cell biology, microbiology, medicine, molecular biology, entomology, botany, biochemistry, and wildlife biology. The flexible and collaborative lab spaces at BGSU support innovative, research-driven approaches to science teaching and learning.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Medical Entomology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Diversity


The Forensic Biology specialization requires completion of core courses in general biology, genetics, evolution, microbiology, cell biology and biometry. Elective courses in diverse areas such as ecology, organismal biology and molecular biology provide knowledge to support the discipline. Courses such as chemistry, geospatial science, scanning electron and light microscopy provide analytical skills that can be applied to forensics.

BGSU is among a select group of universities nationally with a forensics crime lab on campus.

Internships and Careers

Students have the opportunity to take part in undergraduate research under faculty supervision. Students are encouraged to participate in internship opportunities with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation located on the BGSU campus.

Go Far in your career

  • Medicine
  • Forensic Science Laboratory
  • Public Safety

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The Forensic Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Forensic Biology specialization, undergraduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of biology and understand the concepts central to forensic biology, including genetics, cellular processes, and microbiology.
  • Have the ability to critically examine forensic biology data and scientific literature, design effective experiments, collect appropriate data, and interpret the results of forensic studies.
  • Understand how to apply the approaches, technology, and quantitative analyses essential to chain of custody and appropriate legal handling of samples and data.
  • Be able to present forensic biology data to scientists and legal personnel through both oral and written formats.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The biology program does not lead to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Forensic Biology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact