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The B.S. Degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science

Our concentration in Forensic Science is geared toward students interested in pursuing a career in criminal forensic analysis. Criminalists use scientific methods and procedures, such as DNA analysis, chromatography, and infrared resonance imaging, to analyze evidence in criminal investigations. Our cross-curriculum program is strengthened by the collaboration of several departments, including Chemistry and Physical Science, Biology, and Justice Studies. This full spectrum approach prepares our graduates for entry into this fast-growing field.

Chemistry

Prefix Required Chemistry Courses Credit Hours
CHE 151 Chemistry I 4
CHE 152 Chemistry II 4
CHE 311 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHE 312 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 322 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 450 Biochemistry 4
CHE 486/7 Library / Laboratory Research 1 or 2
CHE 3XX/4XX Chemistry 300-400 level elective 3 or 4
    Total = 24-26

Physics, Biology, and Math

Prefix Additional Science and Math Credit Hours
PHY 151 Physics I 4
PHY 152 Physics II 4
BIO 153 Fundamentals of Biology 4
BIO 396 Molecular Genetics 3
BIO 440 Cellular Physiology 4
MAT 220 Applied Statistics 3
MAT 231 Calculus I 3
MAT 232 Calculus II 3
    Total = 28

Justice Studies

Prefix Justice Studies Credit Hours
JUS 242 Intro to Forensic Science 3
JUS 309 Criminology 3
JUS 389 Criminal Evidence & Procedure 3
JUS 401 The Investigative Process 3
JUS 420 Ethical Foundations in Criminal Justice 3
JUS 470 Internship 3
    Total = 18
 

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