forensic chemistry

Forensic Chemistry, BS

Forensic chemists apply knowledge from chemistry, biology and genetics to analyze evidence found at crime scenes or in the bodies of crime suspects.

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Program Intro

The forensic chemistry major at CBU prepares students to be competitive for entry-level employment in forensic science-related positions while also providing a strong background in chemistry that can lead to other careers. 

75 Units

*71-75 units

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2 Concentrations
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Forensic Chemistry at CBU?

Learn by experience

Students have abundant opportunity to engage in hands-on learning and collaborative research with faculty. Students will complete a senior level capstone course in which they will do an internship in a crime lab, research project under the supervision of a science faculty member, or literature-based thesis. Students will get hands-on training using some of the same instrumental methods of analysis that are used in crime labs.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

CJS 113: Introduction to Criminal Justice

A survey of the U.S. system of criminal justice.

SCI 205: Introduction to Forensic Science with Lab

In this course students will integrate and apply concepts from a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, etc., to the study of forensic science.

CHE 475: Forensic Chemistry with Lab

This course builds on the students' criminalistics and chemistry foundation to study advanced topics in forensic chemistry.

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Thomas E. Ferko, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean, Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Office Phone: 951-343-4399
Office Location: James Building, 454

Troy Hinrichs, J.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice
Fellow, Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute

Office Phone: 951-343-4692
Office Location: The Point, Room 221

Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's forensic chemistry bachelor's program will be well prepared for various careers and/or graduate school. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Police Detective
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Scientific Lab Technician
  • Teaching Lab Technician
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Pathologist

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