Bachelor of Science, Major in Forensic Chemistry

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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
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
MATH 1430Calculus II4
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II
ENGL 3330Intro To Technical Writing3
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
BIOL 2440Introductory Cell Biology4
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
Major Core
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry II: Lab
CHEM 2401Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
CHEM 4448Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4100Chemical Literature Seminar1
CHEM 4440Instrumental Analytical Chem4
CHEM 4367Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4380Forensic Chemistry3
CJ Minor (required)
CRIJ 2361Intro To The Crim Justice Sys 33
CRIJ 2362Criminology3
CRIJ 2364Fundamentals Of Criminal Law3
FORS 3366Forensic Science3
CRIJ 3378Intro To Methods Of Research3
CRIJ 4385Criminl Justc & Social Divrsty3
Advanced electives 47
Total Hours126

MATH 1420 satisfies the Component Area II requirement and the degree specific requirement.


CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy the Component Area III requirement and the degree specific requirement.


CRIJ 2361 satisfies the Componenet Area VIII requirement and the CJ minor requirement.


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
CHEM 141114CHEM 141214
MATH 142024MATH 14304
ENGL 130133ENGL 130233
BIOL 14114BIOL 14134
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 23233CHEM 23253
CHEM 21231CHEM 21251
PHYS 13013PHYS 13023
PHYS 11011PHYS 11021
CHEM 24014BIOL 24404
CRIJ 236143ENGL 33303
 15 15
Third Year
CHEM 34384BIOL 34504
CHEM 44484Elective (Advanced)64
POLS 230553POLS 230653
CRIJ 23623CRIJ 23643
Component Area IV3CRIJ 33783
 17 17
Fourth Year
CHEM 44404CHEM 41001
Elective (Advanced)73CHEM 43673
HIST 130183CHEM 43803
FORS 33663HIST 130283
Component Area IX3CRIJ 43853
 Component Area V3
 16 16
Total Hours: 126

Satisfies Component Area III


Satisfies Component Area II


Satisfies Component Area I


Satisfies Component Area VIII


Satisfies Component Area VII


BIOL 3470 recommended—provides a BIOL minor 


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


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.