Criminal Justice Lab

Forensic Chemistry Major

Forensic Chemistry is the science of examining trace evidence using a chemist’s sophisticated instrumentation and set of analytical techniques to exactly determine what substance(s) or material(s) comprise the evidence; whether the evidence comes from a particular individual, their possessions or their home or workplace; and if the evidence comes from a specific location. Our major provides you with the knowledge and skills to examine and analyze evidence using a chemist's sophisticated instrumentation and set of analytical techniques. The curriculum emphasizes not only the recognition of physical evidence, but also the methods to determine its true identity and perhaps its origin.

Careers in Forensic Chemistry

  • Crime-Lab Chemist at a federal agency, a private lab or for the state police
  • Graduate School – Master’s or Ph.D.
  • Research Facilities (new technologies, standards compliance, testing)
  • Wildlife Forensics

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"Professionalism to me is being accountable, reliable, and hard working. With those three skills and a solid knowledge base, success will follow."

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