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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Clippinger Laboratories
Athens, OH 45701

Tadeusz Malinski
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Forensic Chemistry  

The job description of a CSI is nothing like that shown on the various TV shows. Of the few 'real' CSI jobs available, they usually involve the collection of evidence (with possible inclusion of fingerprint developing) and the detailed recording of the crime scene. You do not necessarily need the rigor of our chemistry degree to perform these duties. The forensic chemistry degree focuses on mixing chemistry and other related sciences to aid in criminal investigations. The Forensic Chemistry program has one of the longest-standing programs of its kind in the country. Our dedicated and experienced faculty is the core of the program. The program prepares students for work in modern crime laboratories and other law enforcement agencies, FDA, OSHA, and EPA. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Chemistry, and B.S. degrees in seven other programs of study. It is important to note that with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, students are eligible for professional status in the American Chemical Society, but not with a B.A. in Chemistry. Laboratory research is a beneficial and valuable experience for all undergraduates. Getting involved in undergraduate research within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is simple. Aside from specialty programs, there are numerous avenues for participating in research, including earning course credit during the academic school year or being paid by a professor sponsoring the research.


Career Opportunities

Historically, about 40% of our alumni have successfully completed M.S., Ph.D., J.D., VMD, and M.D. degrees in a variety of natural science and professional areas, including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacy, law and medicine. Advanced degrees are usually stepping-stones to careers in industry, government and academic careers.

In addition to learning to be a forensic chemist, the coursework prepares you to think and act as an analytical chemist. Our graduates are therefore competitive for any employment opportunities related to analytical chemistry. Employment areas include the following:

State/Government: DEA, EPA, FDA, FBI, Defense Agencies, National Laboratories.

Industry: Crime labs, analytical labs, chemical industry, pharmaceutical labs, biomedical labs, metallurgy labs, paint/polymer industrial labs, cosmetic and fragrance labs, food manufacturers etc.


Special Features

There are many  up-to-date facilities that support the forensic chemistry program, to see all of them, please click here.

Our Faculty

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.