Year Fall Winter Spring
1 CH 231 & 271
MTH 112 a
BI 221 c
CH 220 d
CH 232 & 272
MTH 251
BI 222
CH 233 & 273
MTH 252
BI 223
2 CH 334
CH 361
PH 211 & 221 (or PH 201)
MTH 254
CH 335
CH 362
PH 212 & 222 (or PH 202)
CH 336
PH 213 & 223 (or PH 203)
BB 314
3 CH 440
CH 461
CH 421
CH 441
CH 422
CH 442
CH 463 (WIC)

4 CH 411
BB 450 (or BB 490)
BB 493 e
Electives b
BB 451 (or BB 491)
Electives b
TOX 411
Electives b

a MTH 112 can be taken to prepare for MTH 251 if the score on ALEKS Math Placement test is 59% or less. MTH 112 is not a required course for the chemistry degree.

b From elective list (term varies). Requires three electives from the following list:

DSGN 255: Textiles (4)
CH 661: Separations (4) ST 201 and 211: Statistics (4) / (1)
BB 492: Genetic Biochemistry (3) CH 691: Environmental Chemistry of Organic Substances (3) ST 351: Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
BI 311: Genetics (4) CH 692: Environmental Transformations of Organic Compounds (3) TOX 490: Environmental Forensic Chemistry (3)
CH 401: Research (3) CH 697: Mass Spectrometry of Organic Compounds (4) BI 331: Introduction to Molecular Biology (3)
CH 410: Internship (External) (2-3) MB 302: General Microbiology (3) BI 341: Adv. Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (2)
CH 424: Bioanalytical Chemistry (3) MB 303: General Microbiology Lab (2)  

c As of Fall 2020, BI 22X replaces BI 21X .  A minimum of C- in BI 22X is an enforced prereq for BB 314.  BI 22X must be taken in order.  If you completed the previous BI 21X series before Fall 2020, this series still meets the requirements here.

d Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take the chemistry major's orientation course, "Careers in Chemistry", fall term.  This is 1 cr (P/N).

e Starting Fall 2015, BB 494 was renumbered to BB 493. If you took BB 494 before Fall 2015, it will still meet the requirement for this option of BB 493.


The order of courses is suggested. For the track-two core courses (CH, MTH, PH), the order is very fairly critical because of prerequisites and the fact that most CH courses are taught only one term per year. The options courses (BI, BB, CH, etc.) can be taken at different times than indicated, but one must be concerned with the prerequisites for these courses and many of these courses are taught only one term per year.

Baccalaureate Core courses are not shown on the chart above.

Links for Forensic Science

Baccalaureate Core Requirements

Additional Information about the forensic science option