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Biomedical and Forensic Specialization


The Biomedical and Forensic Photography specialization is for students with a combined interest in photography, biology, and criminal justice.

An integral part of this program is the invaluable six-month internship. This will give you first-hand experience working at the medical examiner's office, where you'll contribute to cases, prepare evidence, and work as a forensic photographer for Miami-Dade County.

Acceptance into the Biomedical and Forensic Photography specialization is not guaranteed. Photography majors must apply to the specialization, usually prior to the junior year of the program. Acceptance requires a combination of a successful interview and portfolio review with the Director of the Forensic Imaging Bureau of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, and successful completion of BIO 220 Human Anatomy and PHO 394 Biomedical and Forensic Practicum (a 3-credit on-site photography practicum taken during summer). It is recommended that this process be completed prior to the junior year.

An integral part of this program is PHO 499, a six month, 12 credit intensive internship at the Forensic Imaging Bureau to be completed as the final requirement for graduation. This internship fulfills the University's requirement for an integrative experience.

Program Overview

Bachelor of Art: 48 credits Biomedical and Forensic Photography Core plus 13-14 credits co-requisites.

Biomedical and Forensic Photography Core (48 credits)

  • 2-D Design
  • Basic Photography
  • Intermediate Photography - Film
  • Computer Imaging I
  • Intermediate Photo - Digital
  • Biomedical and Forensic Practicum
  • Color Photography or Color Processes
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Studio Lighting
  • History of Art/Photography
  • Senior Seminar
  • Biomedical and Forensic Internship
  • 400 level elective

Biomedical and Forensic Photography Co-requisites (13-14 credits)

  • Introductory Human Anatomy
  • Biology of Crime
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • BIO and/or CRM 300 Elective

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