The forensics concentration has a curriculum that includes the Chemistry B.S. with additional courses in biology and criminal justice to prepare a student for application to a masters program in forensic science. Ultimately, these students will be candidates for employment in the forensic chemistry field. Students interested in completing the chemistry-forensics concentration must complete all courses in the chemistry core curriculum and those listed below. Students desiring additional preparation and certification by the American Chemical Society should also complete the requirements listed under ACS Certification.
Students enrolled in the forensic concentration may apply for an internship at the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office Forensic Laboratory in Carlisle, PA. To be eligible for the internship students must have completed Organic Chemistry II, have a minimum QPA of 3.0, complete a background check and polygraph test at an interview. Students who would like to graduate with ACS certification must take an additional 2 credits in research and CHM 312 - Chemistry Seminar Credits: 1.
Chemistry Core Curriculum
The following courses are part of the department core curriculum. These courses are required for all chemistry majors and concentrations. All chemistry majors will take a comprehensive examination in the beginning of the fall semester of their senior year at a time and place designated by the department. A satisfactory performance in all areas of this examination is a requirement for departmental recommendation and ACS certification.