Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and forensic chemistry.

Coordinator: Professor Euler

Students who earn a degree in chemistry and forensic chemistry have a number of potential career opportunities. Most forensic chemists work in government laboratories, typically affiliated with a medical examiner’s office. Students wishing to earn an American Chemical Society accredited degree need to take only CHM 402 and 492 and PHY 205 and 275.

The course sequence given below is the typical curriculum for majors in chemistry and forensic chemistry, but modifications in the timing of upper level courses are acceptable. The degree emphasizes a strong preparation in chemistry supplemented by an introduction to the field of forensic science. In addition to the required courses, students are encouraged to take SOC 230, Crime and Delinquency, to meet one of their social science general education requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Freshman and sophomore years follow the same program as the B.S. in chemistry (see above).

Junior Year:
First semester: 15 credits
CHM 335 (2), 354 (3), 391 (1), 431 (3), Basic Liberal Studies requirement (3), free elective (3).

Second semester: 17 credits
CHM 392 (3), 412 (3), 414 (2), 432 (3), Basic Liberal Studies requirement (6).

Senior Year:
First semester: 15 credits
CHM 391 (1), 401 (3), 425 (2), 427 (3), free electives (6).

Second semester: 16 credits
CHM 354 (3), 391 (1), 441 (3), free electives (9).

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