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Forensic Chemistry/Science (BS/MS)

Nationwide, it is estimated that 10,000 new forensic scientists will be needed over the next decade to provide timely reports for the criminal justice community. This number is likely to grow if the demand for forensic testing by the public increases as expected in this post-9/11 era. The majority of the employment opportunities will be related to DNA analysis.

Graduates of the Forensic Chemistry Bachelor of Science Program are currently employed by local organizations including:

Baltimore City Police Department Crime Laboratory DNA Analyst
Forensic Serologist
Crime Scene Investigator
Baltimore County Police Department Crime Laboratory Forensic Biologist
BODE Technologies, Inc DNA Analyst
Montgomery County Police Department Crime Laboratory Crime Scene Investigator
Towson University Adjunct Professor-Chemistry
Supernus Pharmaceuticals Chemist
Quicksilver Analytics Forensic Chemist
Johns Hopkins University Researcher
US Army Medical Research Institute Research Technician

Several graduates are attending graduate programs in forensic science, chemistry, molecular biology and law school.

Consistent with the standards of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the new Forensic Science program provides advanced education in the scientific and laboratory problem solving skills necessary for success in a modern forensic laboratory. The program combines rigorous scientific and laboratory training with exposure to the breadth of forensic science disciplines, including forensic science practice, law enforcement and ethics.

This graduate program is intended for students who are interested in working as forensic scientists in the field. In addition, this flexible M.S. degree program is also designed to meet the professional development needs of forensic scientists now employed in Maryland. A new handbook is available for current and prospective MSFS students.