Bachelor of Science, Major in Forensic Chemistry

Students seeking background and training in the area of forensic science can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry with either a Criminal Justice minor or a Forensic Science minor. This degree option educates students for careers in forensic chemistry in both private and government arenas and also prepares students to enter graduate schools in forensic science.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Forensic Chemistry with Criminal Justice Minor
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Sciences) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (American History)6
Component Area VII (Government/Political Science)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 33
Component Area IX (Area IV elective or Oral Communication)4
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 1411General Botany4
or BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
or BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 2440Introductory Cell Biology4
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
MATH 1430Calculus II4
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
4
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II
4
Major
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry II: Lab
4
CHEM 2401Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
CHEM 4100Chemical Literature Seminar1
CHEM 4367Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4380Forensic Chemistry3
CHEM 4448Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4440Instrumental Analytical Chem4
CJ Minor
CRIJ 2361Intro To The Crim Justice Sys 33
CRIJ 2362Criminology3
CRIJ 2364Fundamentals Of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 3378Intro To Methods Of Research3
CRIJ 4385Criminl Justc & Social Divrsty3
FORS 3366Forensic Science3
Electives
Advanced electives 47
Total Hours126
Bachelor of Science, Major in Forensic Chemistry with Forensic Science Minor
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Sciences) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (American History)6
Component Area VII (Government/Political Science)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Area IV elective or Oral Communication)4
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 1411General Botany4
or BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
or BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 2440Introductory Cell Biology4
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
MATH 1430Calculus II4
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
4
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II
4
Major
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry II: Lab
4
CHEM 2401Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
CHEM 4100Chemical Literature Seminar1
CHEM 4367Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4380Forensic Chemistry3
CHEM 4448Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4440Instrumental Analytical Chem4
Forensic Science Minor
Forensic Science Minor Coursework (18 hrs, at least 6 advanced)18
Electives
Advanced electives 44-10
Total Hours126-132

Note: A grade of C or higher is required for CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, CHEM 2323, CHEM 2123, CHEM 2325, CHEM 2125, CHEM 2401, CHEM 4448 and CHEM 4440, and in all required Physics and Mathematics courses.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1411)4BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1413)4
CHEM 141114CHEM 141214
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223
MATH 142034MATH 14304
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 21231BIOL 24404
CHEM 23233CHEM 21251
CHEM 24014CHEM 23253
CRIJ 236143ENGL 33303
PHYS 11011PHYS 11021
PHYS 13013PHYS 13023
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV3BIOL 34504
CHEM 34384CRIJ 2364 (or FORS minor course for FORS minors)3
CHEM 44484CRIJ 3378 (or FORS minor course for FORS minors)3
CRIJ 2362 (or FORS 3366 for FORS minors)3Elective (Advanced)64
POLS 230553POLS 230653
 17 17
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX3Component Area V3
CHEM 44404CHEM 41001
Elective (Advanced) or Advanced FORS minor course for FORS minors73CHEM 43673
FORS 3366 (or other FORS minor course for FORS minors)3CHEM 43803
HIST 130183CRIJ 4385 (or FORS minor course for FORS minors)3
 HIST 130283
 16 16
Total Hours: 126

Notes

A grade of C or higher is required for CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, CHEM 2323, CHEM 2123, CHEM 2325, CHEM 2125,CHEM 2401, CHEM 4448 and CHEM 4440, and in all required Physics and Mathematics courses.

This sequence has a built-in minor in Criminal Justice, with alternatives for Forensic Science minors listed.  Students should use the elective hours to satisfy the 42-advanced hour requirement. Advanced hours are 3000 and 4000-level courses.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Forensic Chemistry is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Work safely with standard chemicals in a chemistry laboratory.
  • Keep thorough and accurate records of chemistry experiments.
  • Write final research reports and orally present results of experiments.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data, including spectrophotometric data.
  • Understand the use of the major methods of purification of chemical compounds, including chromatographic techniques.