Bachelor's Degree with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry

The Bachelor's Degree with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry (Major III) program prepares students to meet the needs of federal and state forensic sciences laboratories.

Suggested Program of Study

FIRST YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 1111 4   CHEM 1112 4
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
MATH 1231 3   MATH 1232 3
UW (Writing) 1020* 4   ELECTIVE 3
      GEC** 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 17
         

SECOND YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 2151 3   CHEM 2152 3
CHEM 2153 1   CHEM 2154 1
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   CHEM 2122 3
GEC 3   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
ELECTIVE 3   GEC 3
      ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 14   TOTAL 17
         

THIRD YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 3171 3   CHEM 3172 3
CHEM 2123W 1   CHEM 3173 2
FORS*** 3   FORS*** 3
GEC 3   FORS*** 3
ELECTIVE 3   GEC 3
ELECTIVE 3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 14
         

FOURTH YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 4122 3   CHEM 4134 3
CHEM 3165* 3   FORS*** 3
FORS*** 3   ELECTIVE 3
ELECTIVE 3   ELECTIVE 3
ELECTIVE 3   ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 15
 

* UW 1020 (University Writing) is taken in the freshman year, followed by two courses (6 credits total) designated as Writing in the Discipline. The latter are departmental, GEC or elective courses with a writing component.

**GEC; General Education Curriculum requirements for Arts and Sciences students. See the Bulletin or academic advisors for acceptable courses. Currently 24 hours total. Chemistry majors normally fulfill the requirements in mathematics (quantitative reasoning) and natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning) with the prerequisite courses for the major. The remaining requirements are for 6 credits of social sciences, 6 of humanities, and 3 of the arts.

***Required Forensic Sciences courses FORS 6211 & 6221 plus three courses selected from: FORS 6206, 6234, 6235, 6238, 6239, or 6240.

# Biochemistry 3165 may be taken in the Junior or Senior year.

NOTE: Candidates wishing to have an ACS certified degree must also take CHEM 4123 and CHEM 4195 (for 3 credits) in addition to the above courses. Chemistry 4195, Undergraduate Research, may be elected in the Junior or Senior Year. A course in a structured computer programming language is recommended.

Career Paths

Chemistry is the science about substances:  their composition, structure, properties, and interactions. It is a powerful springboard to launch you into a fascinating career. Whether you choose to pursue employment immediately after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, or to seek further education, chemistry prepares you well for a variety of fields. No matter what career path is chosen, a lifetime of learning, challenge, and productivity are within reach.

For more information on careers in chemistry, visit the American Chemical Society and AAAS websites.

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