About Our Program
BS Forensic Chemistry Degree was created
in 1976 by Dr. James Y. Tong, a faculty member in Chemistry and
Biochemistry at Ohio University. We are one of the longest-standing
programs of it's kind in the country, possibly the oldest, and have a
strong core of dedicated
and experienced faculty.
have 50-80 forensic chemistry majors enrolled in the program
at any time and have had more than 300
forensic chemistry graduates in our >30 year history.
Our graduates work in various crime labs and coroners offices
throughout the country. Because our degree is so rigorous, our forensic
have found employment outside of forensic science--such as in private,
state and government labs. Example
employers include pharmaceutical companies, chemical
companies (e.g. paint, polymer, adhesive, specialty
chemicals), the EPA, ATF, DEA and FDA.
you're a prospective student
deciding between natural science majors like chemistry
biology and a forensic-science degree, we are probably a great fit for
you. If you are not strong in the natural sciences (or math) but want
to be a CSI, please review the documents in our career information page
more about what being a forensic scientist is really like.
our degree to other programs
in the country and see why Ohio University could be the best career
you. This list of FAQs
should answer most questions you might have
about our program. If not, please contact us or schedule a visit.
for visiting our site,
Dr. Peter B. Harrington, Director BS
forensic chemistry program