Combined BS/MFS in Forensic Chemistry

 

2 GW Chemistry students looking at a bullet case

 

Forensic chemists study the science behind investigative crime work. An undergraduate degree in chemistry is a prerequisite for most forensic chemistry programs; the combined dual Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Master of Forensic Sciences with a concentration in forensic chemistry (BS/MFS) degree helps students complete the master’s on an accelerated track.

After building a foundation in chemical science, BS/MFS students take courses in a variety of topics to prepare for careers in crime scene investigation and analysis. Class material includes examining arson accelerants and textile fibers, examining the effects of drug abuse on users, practicing infrared spectrometry, tracing evidence and assessing court testimony.


How to Apply 

Interested students should consult their advisors by the fall of junior year before applying. All students must complete a Columbian College Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Application for Admission (PDF) early in their junior year. The form must be approved by the director of graduate studies in Forensic Sciences and then submitted to the Columbian College Graduate Admissions Office. Once the form has been processed, the student will receive a formal admission letter and their student record will be updated accordingly.

 


Course Requirements

All requirements for both the BS in chemistry and the MFS with a concentration in forensic chemistry must be completed — with the exception that 12 graduate credits may be taken as part of the undergraduate program.

Please note:

  • Two Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses are required in addition to the basic University Writing course required of all Columbian first-year students (UW 1020).
  • 24 credit hours in General Education Curriculum (GEC) courses are required of all Columbian College students. 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 six credits of social sciences, six credits of humanities and three credits of the arts.
  • Students must complete FORS 6211, FORS 6221 and two of a selection of forensics classes: 6206, 6234, 6235, 6238 or 6239
  • Candidates pursuing an American Chemical Society-certified degree must take research laboratories CHEM 4123 and CHEM 4195 (three credits each) in addition to the required courses.
  • A course in a structured computer programming language is recommended.

 


 Suggested Program of Study

Fall

  • CHEM 1111
  • PHYS 1021 or BISC 1115 & 1125
  • MATH 1231
  • University Writing (UW) 1020

Spring

  • CHEM 1112
  • PHYS 1022 or BISC 1116 & 1126
  • MATH 1232
  • ELECTIVE
  • General Education Curriculum (GEC) for Columbian College Students

Fall

  • CHEM 2151
  • CHEM 2153
  • PHYS 1021 or BISC 1115 & 1125
  • General Education Curriculum (GEC) for Columbian College Students 
  • ELECTIVE

Spring 

  • CHEM 2152
  • CHEM 2154
  • CHEM 2122
  • PHYS 1022 or BISC 1116 & 1126
  • General Education Curriculum (GEC) for Columbian College students
  • ELECTIVE

Fall

  • CHEM 3171
  • CHEM 2123W
  • ELECTIVE 
  • General Education Curriculum (GEC) for Columbian College students
  • ELECTIVE
  • ELECTIVE

Spring

  • CHEM 3172
  • CHEM 3173
  • FORS 6211
  • ELECTIVE
  • General Educaton Curriculum (GEC) for Columbian College students
  • ELECTIVE

Fall

  • CHEM 4122
  • CHEM 3165 (may also be taken in the junior year)
  • FORS 6221
  • ELECTIVE
  • ELECTIVE

Spring

  • CHEM 4134
  • FORS
  • FORS
  • ELECTIVE
  • ELECTIVE

Fall

  • FORS
  • FORS
  • FORS
  • FORS

Spring

  • FORS
  • FORS
  • FORS

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