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Forensic Biology, Bachelor

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  • 48 months
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Did you know that some of the most important work in criminal justice is carried on behind the scenes in crime labs? Criminal forensic biologists analyze evidence from crime scenes and work hand-in-hand with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The Forensic Biology program is offered by Western New England University.

About

The Forensic Biology program is offered by Western New England University. It studies the fundamentals of DNA, fingerprints, and other biological evidence to offer assistance in convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent. 

Why Choose Forensic Biology?

This fascinating field uses investigative techniques and tools to explore many applications of analyzing biological evidence. Forensic biologists help us to find clues to events that occurred in the recent or distant past. They play an important role in piecing together the clues to give prosecutors the corroborative evidence needed to get criminals off the street. They are also critical in helping us to identify the organic remains that are key to tracing human history through anthropology, the origins and evolution of plant life through botany, or the path of infectious disease outbreaks through pathology or entomology.

Career Opportunities

Forensic scientists work in city, county, state, and federal crime labs; private medical and pharmaceutical labs; and government agencies. With a growing interest in forensic science related to the environment and combating crime and terrorism, employment for Forensic Science Technicians is expected to grow 27% by 2024. Alumni have continued to graduate study at Boston University School of Medicine, Cedar Crest College, George Washington University, SUNY-Albany, UConn, and the University of South Carolina. Graduates have been hired at Bode Laboratories, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Con-Test Laboratories, Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group and CODIS Unit, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC, and Spectrum Analytical Laboratories.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Western New England University has a "rolling" admissions policy, not a set admission deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    87-89 total credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our Forensic Biology curriculum will provide you with the theoretical background, practical skills, and scientific techniques utilized in modern crime laboratories. This is accomplished through coursework heavily augmented by practical laboratory experiences at the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy and/or professional internships. Required science coursework includes general biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, recombinant DNA/fingerprinting, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. In addition, you will complete coursework in the areas of ethics and criminal investigation. Students also are required to provide expert testimony in the courtroom at our School of Law.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Forward official secondary school transcript(s) accompanied by an English translation of the document(s) as well as an official transcript of the in-progress grades when available.
  • Submit an Affidavit of Support form.
  • Submit an official letter from your bank (on the bank's stationery) declaring that the financial sponsor has sufficient funding to support the student's education at Western New England University. 
  • Provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher. 
  • SAT - Criticial reading score of a 450 on the old SAT
  • ACT - Verbal score of 18

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        Tuition Fee

        • International

          34338 USD/year
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          Based on the original amount of 34338 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
        • National

          34338 USD/year
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          Based on the original amount of 34338 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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        *12-18 credit hours per term.

        Living costs for Springfield

        • 1020 - 1350 USD/month
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