Biology in Forensic Science

Earn an Online Masters of Science in Biology - Forensic Science

A Master of Science in Biology with a specialization in Forensic Science is a 30-hour 100% online program designed for asynchronous learning that individuals can complete in convenient 8-week semesters that enroll year-round. This program may be completed in as little as 1 year.  Opportunities are available for students to earn credit by experience and can transfer up to 6 hours into the program.

The biology degree in forensic science is for students who have major/undergraduate coursework in the natural/physical sciences and are interested in pursuing a career in forensic science, scientific laboratory technician, work in hospitals, or federal, state, or local law enforcement. Students enrolled in the M.S. Biology in Forensic Science degree at the University of the Southwest have the opportunity to earn up to 2 graduate certificates in Forensic Communication and Genetics to improve your resume and diversify your career prospects.

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Our Comprehensive Online M.S. Biology in Forensic Science Courses include:

Core Courses

  • FORS  5103      Technical Communications in Forensic Science
  • FORS 5203       Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Science
  • FORS 5303       Statistics in Forensic Science
  • FORS 5403       Advanced Criminal Investigations

Major Courses

  • FORS 5503       Forensic Science
  • FORS 5523       Forensic Anthropology
  • BIO 5203         Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 5303         Forensic DNA Analysis


6 hours of electives may be chosen from a broad set of courses in biology, criminal investigative leadership, or forensic psychology.

Why choose University of the Southwest?

  • Earn your 100% online Master’s Degree in Forensic Science at your own pace.
  • Our regionally accredited online university will ensure that your degree & education is respected
  • Financial Aid is available for our 100% online master’s degrees
  • Recognized among the Best Tier 1 Regional Universities by US News & Report Best Colleges 2011.
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