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The Department of Biology & Chemistry gives students the opportunity to study biology and chemistry in a friendly, engaging environment.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology provides students with foundational knowledge across the biological sciences, while allowing them to design their upper-level coursework to suit their interests in a diversity of career paths such as health science, ecology, wildlife science along with a minor in unmanned aerial systems, human factors psychology, or forensic biology.

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology program 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.

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Biology and Chemistry Internships

Students pursuing a degree in Forensic 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:

Forensic Biologist Works in the Mining Industry

"In the summer of 2022, I interned for Freeport-McMoRan at the Climax Mine in Leadville, Colorado. My title was an Industrial Hygienist for the Health and Safety Department. At Climax, I learned how to sample heavy equipment (haul trucks, graders, loaders, drills, etc.) for dust, silica, and diesel particulate matter (DPM) in the cabs. My project was to study the ventilation systems in the heavy equipment during sampling to see if I can make the air cleaner in the cabs for the operators."

Read Kylie's blog

Forensic Biology Internship at the Phoenix Police Department

"The summer after my graduation (2022) I had the opportunity to be an intern at the Phoenix Police Department. During my time at the department, I was fortunate to work under many advisors in numerous departments including the Community Engagement Bureau, the Phoenix Police Crime lab and the HR fiscal department. In total, I was working alongside officers, office workers and forensic scientist IV supervisors."

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My Yavapai County Medical Examiner Internship

"Over the Summer of 2022, I had the wonderful opportunity of working with the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office. From May to July, I gained extensive hands-on experience working with the medical examiner, pathologist’s assistant, and investigators."

Read Gabriella's blog