Chemistry/Biochemistry Major with Forensic Science Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)
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.
Note: this option will require more than 12 terms (or 4 years) to complete at an average of 15 credits per term.
Grade Requirements: due to the cumulative nature of chemistry courses, the department strongly recommends that students receive a grade ≥C in all prerequisite chemistry courses.
|Required Chemistry Courses|
|CHEM 140||CRIMINALISTICS AND FORENSIC CHEMISTRY 1||5|
|CHEM 151||GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1||5|
|CHEM 152||GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1||5|
|CHEM 153||GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1||5|
|CHEM 304||QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 1||6|
|CHEM 319||MODERN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 351||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 352||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 353||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||3|
|CHEM 372||ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY I||3|
|CHEM 373||ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY II||3|
|CHEM 420||INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS||5|
|CHEM 421||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 422||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY||3|
|CHEM 431||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||1|
|CHEM 445||TOPICS IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 450||ADVANCED FORENSIC CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 491||SENIOR THESIS 2||5|
|or CHEM 399||DIRECTED STUDY|
|or CHEM 499||DIRECTED STUDY|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|BIOL 171||BIOLOGY I 1||5|
|BIOL 172||BIOLOGY II 1||5|
|BIOL 173||BIOLOGY III||5|
|BIOL 310||FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETICS||5|
|BIOL 438||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY||5|
|CRIM 300||INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM||5|
|MATH 161||CALCULUS I||5|
|MATH 162||CALCULUS II||5|
|MATH 163||CALCULUS III||5|
|MATH 380||ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS||5|
|PHYS 151||GENERAL PHYSICS I 1||4|
|PHYS 152||GENERAL PHYSICS II||4|
|PHYS 153||GENERAL PHYSICS III||4|
|PHYS 161||MECHANICS LABORATORY||1|
|PHYS 162||HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY||1|
|PHYS 163||ELECTRONICS LAB I||1|
Note: Core courses are to be completed before formal acceptance into the forensics major and enrollment in the forensics science internship course.
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|
|CMST 201||PUBLIC SPEAKING||5|
|CRIM 304||FORENSIC INQUIRY||5|
|POLI 306||BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW||5|
|TCOM 205||INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION||5|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- 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.