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Forensic Chemistry B.S. Sample 4-Year Curriculum

Major code BS3310

See B.S. Degree Requirements

The recommended class schedule listed below includes only the core requirements for the forensic chemistry degree. This list of courses was approved by FEPAC for full accreditation. This list does not include university general education requirements or the college's liberal arts requirements. Although there is some flexibility in the timeline, many classes serve as prerequisites for more advanced courses, e.g. the following sequence of classes is dependent in the following order: CHEM 1510, 1520, 2410 (with 2410L), 4310 (with 4310L), 4840 (with 4840L), 4870 (with 4870L).

The core requirements include calculus I and II, a year of physics, statistics, law enforcement technology classes, biology classes, core chemistry classes (inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, biochemistry). The core requirements also include many upper-level analytical and forensic chemistry classes, which are taught by Dr. Becky Barlag and Dr. Peter Harrington.

Because the curriculum is very structured and many courses must be taken in a specific order and many upper-level courses are not taught every semester, in general transfer students should have some of the following courses from another accredited institution of higher learning: general chemistry, general biology, physics, and calculus.

Students wishing to apply for jobs in DNA/Serology are advised to take: BIOS 3100, Genetics (3), BIOS 3105, Genetics Lab (2), and either BIOS 4260, Molecular Genetics (3) or PBIO 4500, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (3). BIOS 4260 completes the Biological Sciences minor, PBIO 4500 does not.

The numbers in parentheses are the credit hours of the courses. Courses with # mark are taught only during a particular semester.

Year 1


MATH 2301, Calc I (4)

BIOS 1700, Biology I (3)

BIOS 1705, Biology I Lab (1)

LET 1050, Ethics and Legal Issues (3)

UC 1900, Forensic Learning Community (1)


CHEM 1520, General Chemistry II (4)

BIOS 1710, Biology II (3)

BIOS 1715, Biology II Lab (1)

CAS 2000, Introduction to Forensic Studies (3)

Year 2


#CHEM 2410, Analytical I, (3)

#CHEM 2410L, Analytical Lab I, (1)

CHEM 3050, Organic I, (3)

#CHEM 3080, Organic Lab I, (1)

PHYS 2051, Physics I (5)


CHEM 3060, Organic II (3)

#CHEM 3090, Organic Lab II, (2)

#CHEM 3760, Inorganic I, (3)

PHYS 2052, Physics II (5)

#LET 3500, Crim and Crim Invest (3)

Year 3


#CHEM 3510, Physical Chemistry, (3)

#CHEM 4890, Biochemistry, (3)

#LET 3600, Criminal Justice and the Law (3)

SOC 2600, Criminal Justice (3)


#CHEM 4310, Analytical II, (3)

#CHEM 4310L, Analytical II Lab, (2)

#CHEM 4850, Toxicology (3)

#BIOS 3105, Genetics Lab (2)

PSY 2110, Statistics (4)

Year 4


#CHEM 4840, Forensic Chemistry I, (3)

#CHEM 4840L, Forensic Chemistry I Lab, (2)

#BIOS 3640, Forensic Bios, (3)


#CHEM 4870, Forensic Chemistry II, (3)

#CHEM 4870L, Forensic Chemistry II Lab (3)

#CHEM 4880, Microscopy and Imaging (3)

#LET 4550, Forensic Science Capstone (3)