Chemistry/Biochemistry Major with Forensic Science Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)

This is an archived copy of the 2015-2016 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ewu.edu.

The forensic science option prepares students for entry-level positions in state and federal forensic science labs as well as for graduate and professional schools. Competitive internships at regional forensic labs are integrated into the curriculum along with research and independent study. Students must complete 45 hours of specified core courses (see footnote1) with a combined minimum GPA 3.0 before being eligible to declare the forensic major. For all internships with law enforcement agencies, students will be required to pass a thorough background check. It is assumed that the student will enter the program ready to take MATH 161. To finish in four years, students must take an average load of more than 15 credits per quarter.

Note: the above option will require more than 12 terms (or 4 years) to complete at an average of 15 credits per term.

Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 140CRIMINALISTICS AND FORENSIC CHEMISTRY 15
CHEM 151GENERAL CHEMISTRY 15
CHEM 152GENERAL CHEMISTRY 15
CHEM 153GENERAL CHEMISTRY 15
CHEM 304QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 16
CHEM 319MODERN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 351ORGANIC CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 352ORGANIC CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 353ORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 372ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY I3
CHEM 373ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY II3
CHEM 420INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS5
CHEM 421PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 422PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 431PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
CHEM 445TOPICS IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 450ADVANCED FORENSIC CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 480BIOCHEMISTRY5
CHEM 491SENIOR THESIS 25
CHEM 495INTERNSHIP5
or CHEM 399 DIRECTED STUDY
or CHEM 499 DIRECTED STUDY
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 171BIOLOGY I 15
BIOL 172BIOLOGY II 15
BIOL 173BIOLOGY III5
BIOL 310FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETICS5
BIOL 438MOLECULAR BIOLOGY5
CRIM 300INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM5
MATH 161CALCULUS I5
MATH 162CALCULUS II5
MATH 163CALCULUS III5
MATH 380ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS5
PHYS 151GENERAL PHYSICS I 14
PHYS 152GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PHYS 153GENERAL PHYSICS III4
PHYS 161MECHANICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 162HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 163INSTRUMENTATION LAB I1
Total Credits150
Footnotes
1

Note: Core courses are to be completed before formal acceptance into the forensics major and enrollment in the forensics science internship course.

2

Note: Students are required to do research on a forensic project and to take it for 5 credits (catalog description states 4-6 credits). Projects must be approved by the forensic science program advisor.

Suggested Supporting Courses
BIOL 301MICROBIOLOGY5
CMST 201PUBLIC SPEAKING5
CRIM 304FORENSIC INQUIRY5
POLI 306BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW5
TCOM 205INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of major concepts in the areas of inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry;
  • demonstrate sufficient preparation in chemistry to successfully compete in a graduate or professional program or to realize employment in a chemistry- or biochemistry-related career;
  • demonstrate a capacity to use modern instrumentation and classical techniques for the analysis and/or separation of chemicals and an ability to interpret data;
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and critical thinking skills as related to the field of chemistry;
  • demonstrate knowledge of safe practices in the handling, usage and disposal of chemicals.