Forensic Chemistry Concentration (Credits: 61 – 64)

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to criminal investigation. This major is recommended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in criminal investigation, in the laboratory analysis of forensic evidence, or pursue graduate study in forensic science. This course of study would also develop the analytical skills required for careers in other areas of civil law such as environmental pollution, accident investigation and product liability. Due to the nature of forensic investigations, the forensic chemist requires a strong background in chemical analysis and must be able to effectively communicate the results of laboratory analyses in reports and in the courtroom. The curriculum is designed so that the major provides a strong theoretical and experimental background in chemistry as well as written and oral communication skills. Students earning a B.S. Degree in Chemistry with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry must complete the Core Chemistry Coursework and the Forensic Concentration Coursework below:


BI 211 Principles of Biology Credits: 5

BI 314 Introduction to Genetics Credits: 4

CH 161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science Credits: 4

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science Credits: 3

CH 320L Introduction to Forensic Science Lab: 1

CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry Credits: 4

CH 409 Practicum Credits: 1

CH 420 Forensic Documentation and Laboratory Techniques Credits: 4

CH 430 Applications of Forensic Sciences I Credits: 3

CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation Credits: 4

COM 327 Communication in the Legal Field Credits: 4

MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics Credits: 4

Choose 1 Series Credits: 12

PH 201 General Physics Credits: 4

and PH 202 General Physics Credits: 4

and PH 203 General Physics Credits: 4


PH 211 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

and PH 212 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

and PH 213 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

Choose 1 Credits: 3-4

CJ 219 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Credits: 4

PHL 251 Ethics Credits: 3

PHL 252 Medical Ethics Credits: 3

PHL 255 Environmental Ethics Credits: 3

HE 485/585 Bioethics and Public Health Credits: 4

Electives Credits: 5-8

BI 315 Cell Biology Credits: 4

BI 331 General Microbiology Credits: 4

BI 426 Developmental/Molecular Biology Credits: 4

CH 322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Credits: 4

CH 345 Introduction to Toxicology Credits: 3

CH 370 Selected Topics in Chemistry Credits: 1-3

CH 401 Research Credits: 1-3

CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 4

CJ/ANTH 322 Forensic Anthropology Credits: 4

CJ 328 Forensic Osteology Credits: 4

CJ 333 Forensic DNA Analysis Credits: 4

CJ 341 Introduction to GIS Credits: 4

CJ 342 Strategic Crime Analysis with GIS Credits: 4

ES 341 Introduction to GIS Credits: 4

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