Why study Forensic Biology at Washburn?

Washburn’s Forensic Biology program is the first of its kind in Kansas. In this hands-on program you’ll learn to use the power of science to understand evidence through a combination of laboratory skill-building and rigorous course work in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, genetics, and more. Because the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Forensic Science Center is right on campus, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-industry laboratory equipment, and opportunities including internships.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $60,590on campus
A student studies a specimen with a microscope

What sets Forensic Biology at Washburn apart?

  • Learn with professionals in the field – in the classroom and at the Kansas Bureau of Investigations Forensic Science Center lab.
  • Be part of the first program of its kind in Kansas and learn with professors, not graduate students.
  • Biology Department Scholarships are available to incoming and returning majors.
  • Find your people on campus with one of four biology student clubs and the Forensic Science Club.
  • Graduate with research experience guided by faculty mentor Dr. Joshua Smith, which could lead to a conference presentation or publication.

Set for success

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook

Student/faculty ratio


Washburn Biology provides

Well-respected program 

Strong departmental community 

Meaningful experiences: research and classroom 

Resources: Financial and academic support 

Qualities for success



Detail oriented

Communication and collaboration 

Forensics at Washburn

A student works on a computer

Digital forensics

Students work on a map of where bones were discovered.

Forensic anthropology

A chemistry professor and student talk in a lab

Forensic chemistry

KBI building where forensic students study

Forensic Investigation

Other Biology degrees

The biology department also offers other broad-based degrees in biology that prepare you for entering professional schools, including medical school and physician assistant programs. 

Other biology related degrees:

  • Environmental biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology secondary education

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Biology

Department of Biology
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 202
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785-670-2077

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