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Forensic Chemistry Major (BS)

Degree Requirements

The major in Forensic Chemistry requires the completion of all the core and ancillary courses that are listed below, as well as satisfying the University's General Education (GenEd) requirements. A grade of C or better must be earned in each of the required core and ancillary courses. Students who wish to earn internship credit (CHEM 395) for work in a crime lab must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher and must pass a background investigation.

The Forensic Chemistry major is offered in three separate tracks, as described below. These tracks provide the student with options to prepare for the specialized areas of forensic science in the professional workforce or for graduate programs. These tracks have been designed to fulfill the accreditation standards required by the Forensic Education Program Accreditation Committee. Students are expected to declare their track of study by the end of their sophomore year.

Core Courses (required for all tracks):
CHEM 110/111General Chemistry I,II (4,4)
CHEM 210Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (5)
CHEM 301Professional Ethics for Scientists (3)
CHEM 331/332Organic Chemistry I,II (5,5)
CHEM 351Biochemistry I (3)
FRSC 367Forensic Chemistry (3)
FRSC 368Professional Practices in Forensic Science (3)
FRSC 440Forensic Biochemistry, Emergency Medicine, and Death Analysis (3)

Ancillary Courses (required for all tracks):
ANTH 357Introduction to Forensic Crime Analysis (3)
ANTH 457Advanced Forensic Crime Analysis (3)
BIOL 201General Biology (4)
COSC 175General Computer Science (4)
 
MATH 211Calculus for Applications (3) or
MATH 273Calculus I (4)
 
PHYS 211/212General Physics I,II (non-calculus) (4,4) or
PHYS 241/242General Physics I,II (4,4)
 
SOCI 254Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
SOCI 370Criminal Law (3)


General Forensic Science Track:

This track is intended for students who are considering employment in a drug analysis, trace evidence analysis, or DNA analysis laboratory, or to pursue a graduate degree in a non-specialized forensic master's program.

In addition to the university's GenEd courses and the core and ancillary courses required for all Forensic Chemistry tracks, the following courses are required for the General Forensic Science track:

BIOL 309Principles of Genetics (4)
BIOL 409Molecular Biology (3)
BIOL 410Molecular Biology Lab (2)
CHEM 310Instrumentation in Analytical Chemistry (5)
CHEM 323Inorganic Chemistry (4)
CHEM 345Principles of Physical Chemistry (3)
FRSC 363Chemistry of Dangerous Drugs (3)
CHEM 480Chemical Toxicology (3)
 
MATH 231Basic Statistics (3) or
MATH 237Biostatistics (4)


Trace Evidence/Drug Analysis Track:

This track is intended for students who desire a strong chemistry and instrumental analysis education and are considering a profession in a forensic chemistry laboratory or graduate program specializing in the analysis of trace evidence (fibers, paint, soil, flammables, explosives, etc.) or in the analysis of illegal drugs and toxicology.

In addition to the university's GenEd courses and the core and ancillary courses required for all Forensic Chemistry tracks, the following courses are required for the Trace Evidence/Drug Analysis track:

CHEM 310Instrumentation in Analytical Chemistry (5)
CHEM 323Inorganic Chemistry (4)
CHEM 345Principles of Physical Chemistry (3)
FRSC 363Chemistry of Dangerous Drugs (3)
CEHM 372Intermediate Lab (2)
CHEM 480Chemical Toxicology (3)
 
MATH 231Basic Statistics (3) or
MATH 237Biostatistics (4)


DNA Track:

This track is intended for students who desire a strong biochemistry and molecular biology education and are considering a profession in a forensic laboratory or graduate program specializing in body fluid and tissue analysis, and human identification using serology and DNA technology.

In addition to the university's GenEd courses and the core and ancillary courses required for all Forensic Chemistry tracks, the following courses are required for the DNA track:

BIOL 309Principles of Genetics (4)
BIOL 409Molecular Biology (3)
BIOL 410Molecular Biology Lab (2)
CHEM 356Biochemistry Lab (2)
CHEM 357Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM 4xxForensic Laboratory Analysis (4)
MATH 237Biostatistics (4)