B.S. Degree in Chemistry with Forensic Science Option (Track Two)

Department of Chemistry
Gilbert Hall 153
(541) 737-2081

The Forensic Science Option is appropriate for students interested in working in a crime lab or pursing a graduate degree in chemistry or forensic science. Students can earn a B.S. chemistry degree in four years and also take a combination of courses that enhance a chemistry major's background in biology, biochemistry, and related areas that can be important in forensic science.

Chemistry Core (79 - 81 credits)
CH 231/231H & 271, 232/232H & 272, 233/233H & 273 General Chemistry (15)
CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (9)
CH 361, 362 Experimental Chemistry I (6)
CH 421, 422 Analytical Chemistry (6)
CH 461 Experimental Chemistry II (3)
Select one of the following three lab courses:  
CH 462 (WIC) OR 463 (WIC) OR 464 (WIC) Experimental Chemistry II (3)
CH 411 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CH 440, 441, 442 Physical Chemistry (9)
MTH 251, 252 & 254 Calculus (12)
PH 201, 202 and 203 OR PH 211 and 221, 212 and 222, 213 and 223 General Physics (15)
Forensic Science Option (30-33 Credits)
BI 221 a
Principles of Biology: Cells (4) 
BI 222 Principles of Biology: Organisms (4) 
BI 223 Principles of Biology: Populations (4) 
BB 314 Cell and Molecular Biology (4) 
Select one of the two following options:
BB 450 & 451 OR BB 490 & 491 General Biochemistry (7) / Biochemistry (6)
BB 493 Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3)
TOX 411 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)
Select three courses from the list below:
DSGN 255: Textiles (4) b 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: Adv. Human Anatomy and Physiology (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)  

aAs 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.

b DSGN 255 is the accepted elective in textiles. Chemistry majors may need to get an override to enroll.

Links for Forensic Science

Sample Curriculum by year

Baccalaureate Core Requirements

Additional Information about the forensic science option