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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry

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The Bachelors of Science in Forensic Chemistry program at Loyola University seeks to provide students with an excellent education in chemistry with specialization in forensic science.

In 1999, our department began offering a degree track in forensic chemistry. Our program provides students with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, focusing on forensic analytical techniques used in the field and in the laboratory. Graduates leave the program with both specialized chemical knowledge and substantial laboratory experience.

The degree track is designed to prepare students to step into a job in a forensic laboratory or to pursue an advanced degree in forensic chemistry. Recent graduates have worked in professional laboratories including the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab and Quest Diagnostics, and have been accepted into graduate programs at universities including George Washington University and the University of New Haven.

Of the 31 CHFS graduates who have provided post-graduation information, 42% continue on to graduate school, usually in either forensic science or chemistry.  An additional 16% entered medical school after graduating from Loyola. The remaining graduates progress directly into employment in a laboratory setting; 50% of these students are currently working in forensic laboratories.

The curriculum includes the specialized science coursework required for forensic laboratory analysis, with coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Students may select from three different concentration options: Instrumental Analysis, Biochemistry and Genetics, or Human Mind and Behavior.

Incoming students should plan for a rigorous curriculum by reviewing the required degree plan. Students (especially transfer students) are urged to consult with the Program Director to discuss their area of interest and the appropriate curriculum.

We provide a rigorous academic preparation; additional qualifications may be necessary for a career in the criminal justice system. Students considering a degree in the forensic sciences should also consult the National Institute of Justice publication, Education and Training in Forensic Science.

Curriculum

  • CHEM A105/107 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab
  • CHEM A106/108 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab
  • CHEM A300/302 (or 305) Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab
  • CHEM A301/303 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab
  • CHEM A315 Intro to Forensic Methods
  • CHEM A320 Integrated Chem Lab I
  • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM A402 Techniques in Biochemistry
  • CHEM A425 Forensic Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM A496 Forensics Seminar
  • CHEM A497 or A498 Internship/Research
  • CHEM A493 Capstone
  • Plus additional coursework in area of concentration:  Instrumental Analysis, Biochemistry and Genetics, or Human Mind and Behavior

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