The forensic chemistry concentration builds on a complete B.S. degree in chemistry and currently is open only to majors in the department. Completion of the specialization leads to B.S. chemists who can still pursue a wide range of careers or graduate education, and who also have insights into chemical aspects of the field of forensic science. To complete the forensic chemistry concentration, students must complete the following program in addition to all requirements for either the ACS certified or non-certified B.S. program:
- Two criminology and justice studies courses (200 and 415, or 201 and 415);
- CHE 410 (instrumental analysis);
- Two forensic chemistry courses, one of which must be CHE 360, the other may be either Forensic Applications of Mass Spectrometry or Forensic Methods and Applications for Biomolecule Analysis.
All three courses will have a laboratory component. In addition, students completing the specialization are strongly encouraged to complete a forensics internship or research experience and attend a meeting in a related area such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting. To enroll in the program, students should identify chemistry (CHMA) as their major and the forensic chemistry specialization (CFOR) as their second major/specialization.