Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Forensic Chemistry BS

Note: This program is being phased out and is no longer accepting new students.

The curriculum provides our majors with expertise in analysis and proper handling of criminal evidence, presentation of evidence as expert witnesses, and elements of criminal law governing forensic procedures. Internships in analytical laboratories provide students with real world experience.

Students completing the B.S. in Forensic Chemistry are uniquely positioned to pursue a career in criminal investigation or forensic analysis in crime laboratories.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry, USF students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the theory and application of the core discipline principles of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry
  • Apply a knowledge of experimental technique to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of hypothesis-driven research using modern instrumentation
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the social responsibility and ethical dimensions of problems and issues facing scientists today
  • Communicate the results of scientific research to chemists and non-chemists
  • Demonstrate proper procedures and knowledge of regulations for safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Forensic Chemistry degree requires 128 credit hours:

  • 49-50 credit hours of general education courses
  • 59 credit hours of prescribed courses in chemistry, biology, math and physics
  • elective courses as needed

The Applied Forensics minor requires:

  • 10-11 credit hours of forensics courses
  • 9-10 credit hours of directed electives

Program of Study

The B.S. in Forensic Chemistry degree requires:

  • Major core, 59 credit hours: CHEM 141, CHEM 142, CHEM 241, CHEM 333, CHEM 367, CHEM 344, CHEM 345, CHEM 449, CHEM 480, CHEM 481, FORE 101, FORE 201, FORE 301, FORE 440, FORE 460, BIOL 190, BIOL 191, MATH 223, MATH 224 or MATH 302, SCIE 257, SCIE 258

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this rigorous program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Forensic Chemistry majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all science courses required by the major, including directed electives. These science courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Prior to graduation, Forensic Chemistry majors are required to:

  • complete a nationalized exam by the end of their senior year,
  • complete an internship, participate in research or complete a significant project, present publicly the results of their research, and
  • participate in a weekly science seminar each semester of enrollment.