Forensic Chemistry, BS
The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry combines elements of criminal justice and biology with a strong chemistry program. The forensic chemist analyzes and interprets materials collected at crime scenes, accidents, and at sites of terrorist activities. Graduates work in forensic laboratories for federal, state, or local government agencies, for private investigative laboratories, or may also go on to pursue a graduate degree. Forensic chemists graduate having been trained on state-of-the-art instrumentation and in techniques that are industry standards.
The LSSU chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society and may provide certified degrees in Chemistry, Chemistry in Secondary Education, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, and Forensic Chemistry. Students pursuing the ACS-certified degree will participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty members to address meaningful chemical-based problems.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate proficiency in the following chemistry sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
- Demonstrate readiness for employment as a laboratory forensic chemist, crime scene investigator or law enforcement laboratory chemist OR graduate or professional study.
- With the guidance of a faculty mentor, develop a well-designed, well-executed, and clearly communicated research project that contributes to scientific knowledge in the field of Forensic Chemistry.
|NSCI 110||Introduction to Forensics||4|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM 116||General Chemistry II||5|
|CHEM 199||Chemistry First Year Seminar||1|
|CHEM 225||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 231||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHEM 299||Chemistry Sophomore Seminar||1|
|CHEM 326||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 332||Instrumental Analysis||4|
|CHEM 351||Introductory Biochemistry||4|
|CHEM/CJUS 445||Forensic Sci I: Bio/Trace Evid||3|
|CHEM 446||Forensic Sci II:Drug/Explosive||3|
|Choose 2 Courses||7-8|
|Adv Biochemical Molecular Tech|
|CJUS 101||Introduction Criminal Justice||3|
|CJUS 319||Substantive Criminal Law||3|
|CJUS 409||Procedural Criminal Law||3|
|BIOL 131||General Biology: Cells||4|
|BIOL 132||General Biology: Organisms||4|
|MICR 205||Light Microscopy Techniques||1|
|MICR 315||Elect Microscopy/Microanalysis||2|
|MATH 112||Calculus Business/Life Science||4|
|MATH 207||Prin of Statistical Methods||3|
|PHYS 2X1||Physics I||4|
|PHYS 2X2||Physics II||4|
|Required for American Chemical Society Certified Degree 1|
|CHEM 395||Junior Seminar||1|
|CHEM 49X||Senior Research||2|
|CHEM 499||Senior Seminar||1|
|CHEM 261||Inorganic Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 361||Physical Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 363||Phy Chem Lab:Kinetic/Reac Dy||1|
|MATH 151||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 152||Calculus II||4|
For American Chemical Society certified degree, additionally required (total lab hours must be at least 400 hrs). See Department Chair for special rules regarding ACS certification.
General Education: All LSSU bachelor’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.
A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.