The Department of Biology & Chemistry gives students the opportunity to study biology and chemistry in a friendly, engaging environment. The department offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology (BSFB), which prepares students for careers in forensics, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science.
These programs provides a broad-based, rigorous scientific education with an emphasis on laboratory skills, field activities and hands-on training. The program is guided by the philosophy that biology and chemistry is something you "do," not just a set of dry theories, so students acquire analytical and laboratory-based research skills that position them for careers in forensics, biology, medicine, and related fields.
Students pursuing a degree in Forensic or Wildlife Biology will have a wide range of career opportunities available to them upon graduating. At Embry-Riddle, we give students of Biology and Chemistry degrees the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience by undertaking a variety of exciting and educational internships. Here are just a few students who have provided insight into their internships:
"When I started in the forensic biology program at Embry-Riddle, I didn’t exactly know what direction I wanted to go in. Since the major is filled with many different paths including biology, chemistry and even law, I wanted to explore my options. To challenge myself, I looked for an internship involving chemistry because after taking 5 semesters of chemistry in the course of my undergraduate career, I felt like it would be beneficial for me to explore the field outside of the classroom."
"This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to work for a cement plant as a quality control intern, learning the chemical and physical components that goes into making cement. This internship was designed to further my knowledge in my degree program, forensic biology. Though the two seem unrelated, the education I received in my courses, both in the lab and in the classroom, proved invaluable to learning and utilizing the chemistry used to make cement. In return, working at a cement plant provided important lessons that I can apply for the rest of my life."
"My summer at the Endophyte Service Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon has been an enlightening and very knowledgeable experience. This opportunity has provided me with the experience to greatly increase my knowledge and understanding of skills in the areas of chemistry, toxicology, and teamwork, as well as closely relate to my future aspirations of becoming a forensic biologist. If it weren’t for the practice and knowledge I obtained from my courses at Embry-Riddle, such as Foundations of Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, and Genetics, I would have never been prepared for the massive amounts of micropipetting I had to perform as well as any of the terminology or basic skills needed to achieve good results at my job."
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The Forensic Biology program combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and law to give students the basic laboratory skills and theoretical background required of investigators and leading professionals in forensic science laboratories, law enforcement, pre-medical fields, research areas, and legal contexts.
With more than 7,500 wildlife strikes reported a year in the United States alone, airport wildlife issues have captured national media attention and illuminated the risk of unmitigated wildlife. Students who have interest in wildlife biology, environmental science, and working in the outdoors should explore this growing and promising field.