Bachelor of Science, Major in Forensic Chemistry

Students seeking background and training in the area of forensic science can get a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry with a Criminal Justice 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
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 14
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)3
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
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 Core
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 (required)
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
1

MATH 1420 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics) and the Degree Specific requirement.

2

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) and the Degree Specific requirement.

3

CRIJ 2361 satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for the Component Area VIII (Political Science/Governement) and the CJ minor requirement.

4

Students who are interested in the graduate programs in Forensic Science at SHSU are encouraged to take BIOL 3470 and BIOL 4480 as the advanced electives.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 14114BIOL 14134
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 IV 3BIOL 34504
CHEM 34384CRIJ 23643
CHEM 44484CRIJ 33783
CRIJ 23623Elective (Advanced)64
POLS 230553POLS 230653
 17 17
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX 3Component Area V 3
CHEM 44404CHEM 41001
Elective (Advanced)73CHEM 43673
FORS 33663CHEM 43803
HIST 130183CRIJ 43853
 HIST 130283
 16 16
Total Hours: 126
1

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science).

2

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics).

4

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

5

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

6

BIOL 3470 recommended—provides a BIOL minor.

7

BIOL 4480 recommended for students interested in the Forensic Science graduate programs 

8

Satisfies Component Area VI

Note:  This sequence has a built-in minor in Criminal Justice.  Students should use the elective hours to satisfy the 42-advanced hour requirement. Advanced hours are 3000 and 4000-level courses.