Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Forensic Chemistry Major

General Information

The forensic chemistry curriculum is designed to provide the student with a solid background in the chemical principles that underlie forensic techniques. Skills are acquired through coursework augmented by practical laboratory experience.

Career Opportunities

A baccalaureate degree in forensic chemistry provides diverse opportunities for employment as forensic scientists or as laboratory analysts or for advanced training in forensics and related fields.

Physical and Biological Faculty


Forensic Chemistry Objectives:

  1. Perform accurate stoichiometric and chemical equilibrium calculations.
  2. Predict and explain the reactivity of an organic or inorganic compound from a knowledge of its structure.
  3. Assess the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of a chemical system.
  4. Propose a reasonable mechanism for an organic or inorganic reaction.
  5. Apply basic quantum mechanical concepts to the study of chemical systems.
  6. Synthesize and characterize inorganic and organic compounds.
  7. Design and perform a qualitative and quantitative analysis of a sample of matter, using both wet and instrumental methods.
  8. Plan and execute experiments through the proper use of library resources.
  9. Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results.
  10. Communicate effectively through oral and written reports.
  11. Collect and preserve forensic evidence using established protocol.
  12. Plan and perform analyses of both biological and non-biological forensic evidence.
  13. Apply chemical, physical, and biological principles to the design of procedures for the analysis of forensic evidence.
  14. Communicate clearly and effectively the results and reliability of an analysis of forensic evidence.
  15. Demonstrate ability to function as an ethical member of the criminal justice system.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Science courses: (70 - 72 credit hours)

BIO 107General Biology I

3 cr.

BIO 117General Biology Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 211Analytical Methods

3 cr.

CHEM 221Analytical Methods Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 312Instrumental Analysis

3 cr.

CHEM 322Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 314Biochemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 324Biochemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 402Toxicology

3 cr.

CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 431Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 317Physical Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 327Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

FS 201Introduction to Forensics

4 cr.

FS 240Scientific Evidence

3 cr.

FS 310Crime Scene Processing

3 cr.

FS 325Criminalistics I

4 cr.

FS 426Criminalistics II

4 cr.

FS 333Independent Study in Forensic Science

1-3 cr.

or

FS 480Internship in Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology

1-3 cr.

And

PHYS 123Physics of the Life Sciences 1

4 cr.

PHYS 124Physics of the Life Sciences 2

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:70-72

Required courses in Math, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice

MATH 121Introductory Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 124Calculus II For Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr.

CS XXXComputer Competence Requirement

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 85-87

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major will be based upon all BIO, CHEM, and FS courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.