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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry

So you’ve figured it out. Deduced it. You’ve found the Sherlock that lives deep in your gut, and you’re compelled to catch the bad guys...with science. As a chemist, you can answer questions like: is this water safe to drink? Will these things blow up if I mix them together? With an additional concentration in forensic chemistry, you can answer questions like: Was this person poisoned? Was this fire started intentionally? And most importantly—can we reconstruct the elements of the crime? At Loyno, we’ll give you both the specialized chemical knowledge and hands-on lab experience you need for your career.


Courses

Our program structure includes thorough, specialized coursework in forensic laboratory analysis with supporting classes in chemistry, physics, biology and statistics so you’re prepared for anything. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • General Chemistry Lecture + Lab
    This course covers the fundamental principles of general chemistry, including the development of modern atomic theory and its role in chemical bonding, structure and reactivity, an introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics, and development of equilibria concepts.
  • Organic Chemistry Lecture + Lab
    Students build a strong foundation in organic chemistry and combine knowledge with practical skills by synthesizing, purifying, and identifying organic compounds. Techniques include: acid/ base extraction, recrystallization, distillation, organic reactions, IR spectroscopy, refractive index, melting point and NMR.
  • Introduction to Forensic Methods
    This course is an introduction to instrumental and chemical analysis techniques used in forensic investigations. Topics covered include: serological analysis, fingerprint analysis, soil and glass analysis, hair and fiber analysis, arson/explosive analysis, document analysis, and drug/toxicological analysis.
  • Forensic Instrumental Analysis
    This lecture/lab applies the principles of instrumental analysis to forensic chemistry. Students learn advanced principles of electrochemical, spectrochemical, and chromatographic analysis through work on instrumentation, sample preparation, data analysis, and recent developments in analytical techniques.

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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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