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Department of Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to criminal investigation. This major is recommended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in criminal investigation, in the laboratory analysis of forensic evidence, or pursue graduate study in forensic science. This course of study would also develop the analytical skills required for careers in other areas of civil law such as environmental pollution, accident investigation and product liability. Due to the nature of forensic investigations, the forensic chemist requires a strong background in chemical analysis and must be able to effectively communicate the results of laboratory analyses in reports and in the courtroom. The curriculum is designed so that the major provides a strong theoretical and experimental background in chemistry as well as written and oral communication skills.


BA/BS Degree in Chemistry - Forensic Option: this major may only be taken in conjunction with the Forensics minor designated for chemistry majors.

The minor provides specialized training in forensics. Students in the program will benefit from experience gained via the required practicum.


Degree requirements, class descriptions and availability

Your degree requirements are determined by the year that you entered WOU.

If you are an undeclared major you will need to work with Academic Advising and possibly the Chemistry Department to determine your course of study. If you have declared a major within the Chemistry Department, you will need to work with your assigned faculty advisor.


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