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Forensic Chemistry Concentration

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As a concentration within the Chemistry program, the Forensic Chemistry option expands the field of career options for chemistry and other science students.

Forensic Science is an applied science, the practice of which requires the integration of scientific knowledge and skills in the examination, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and testimonial support of physical evidence. Forensic Science plays a crucial role in the criminal justice system.

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Most practicing Forensic Scientists are employed in crime laboratories associated with law enforcement and criminal investigations, or government agencies. Private laboratories also employ a few. While there are agencies that accredit forensic laboratories and certify Forensic Science degrees, neither accreditation nor certification is a necessary requirement for employment as a forensic scientist.

Forensic Science requires a strong foundation in the natural sciences with extensive laboratory experience and the ability to apply these sciences to practical problems. Our chemistry curriculum provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities that are a foundation of a career in Forensic Science.

The curricula for both the traditional chemistry degree and the forensic chemistry option are online. Both programs lead to ACS certified Bachelor of Science degree.

Intent to pursue the Forensic Chemistry option must be declared during the fall semester of the sophomore year. Consultation with the Department Chairman and completion of an intent form are required.

Curriculum Outline – B.S. Chemistry (American Chemical Society Certification- Forensic Chemistry Concentration)

Revised August 2014

Freshman Year Semester
  1st 2nd
Chemistry 201-202 (General Chemistry) 4 4
English 101-102 (English composition) 3 3
History 106 (World civilization) 3 -
COM 103 (Oral Communication) - 3
SOC 205 (Introduction to sociology) - 3
Mathematics 151 -152 (Calculus I&II) 4 4
Health Education 2 -
Freshman Orientation 1 -
Total 17 17
Sophomore Year Semester
  1st 2nd
Chemistry 301-302 (Organic chemistry I&II) 4 4
Humanities 3 3
Mathematics 251 (Calculus III) 4 -
Physics 203-204 (Physics I&II) 3 3
Physics 215-216 (Physics Labs) 1 1
Social Science (Psychology 203) - 3
Mathematics 205 (Statistics) - 3
Total 15 17
Junior Year Semester
  1st 2nd
Chemistry 303-304 4 4
Chemistry 401-402 (Physical Chemistry I&II) 4 4
Chemistry 313,408 (Analytical Chemistry I&II) 4 4
Biology 105, 106 4 4
Total 16 16
Senior Year Semester
  1st 2nd
Chemistry 405-406 (Chemistry seminar I&II) 1 1
Foreign Language (Intermediate Level) - 3
Chemistry 420 (Forensic Chemistry) 3 -
Chemistry 421 (Physical Methods in Forensic Chem) - 4
Chemistry 419, (Inorganic chemistry) 4 -
Sociology 215, 305 Criminology, Criminal Justice) 3 3
Elective* 3 3
Total 14 14
Total Credits 126

*Chemistry Elective must be chosen from advanced chemistry courses: CHE 415, CHE 407, CHE 501-502.

MAT 118 is not required for chemistry and biochemistry majors. However, if a student has a perceived deficiency in mathematics, he/she may elect to take MAT 118 during the summer or during the first semester of the freshman year.

If you have any questions regarding the Forensic Chemistry option, please contact Dr. Isai Urasa ( isai.urasa@hamptonu.edu).