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Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

About the Program

Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited.

Forensic chemistry is a program of professional study whose graduates are prepared to assume entry-level positions as forensic scientists in federal, state, local, and corporate laboratories.

About the Chemistry Department

164 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5204
Fax: (716) 878-4028
http://chemistry.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

Prospective majors must complete CHE 111, CHE 112, and CHE 114 (or the equivalents) with minimum grades of C before applying to the program. Students who have not yet met these requirements will be accepted into the pre-forensic chemistry program (FRCW) and will be formally admitted to the major upon completion of the previously stated requirements.

Admission Recommendations

Transfer students from two-year colleges should also have earned credit for courses equivalent to

CHE 201 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3
CHE 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3
CHE 203 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I 1
CHE 204 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1
MAT 161 CALCULUS I 4
MAT 162 CALCULUS II 4
MAT 163 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS I 1
MAT 164 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS II 1
PHY 111 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I 5
PHY 112 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II 5
or BIO 211

to avoid possible delays in the completion of the degree program. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 10 credit hours in chemistry at Buffalo State. Chemistry courses taken elsewhere may be substituted for similar courses at Buffalo State only if they have equivalent prerequisites. Chemistry courses not meeting this criterion may be transferred as elective credit.

Important Note: Individuals seeking an internship or employment in a forensic science laboratory may be required to undergo an extensive background check including a lie detector test, fingerprinting, and drug testing.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Required Courses in Chemistry (32 credit hours)
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I 4
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 3
CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 1
CHE 201 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3
CHE 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3
CHE 203 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I 1
CHE 204 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1
CHE 301 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 4
CHE 331 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 3
CHE 403 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4
CHE 470 BIOCHEMISTRY I 3
CHE 471 BIOCHEMICAL TECHNIQUES 2

Required Courses in Forensic Science (15 credit hours)
FOR 122 SCIENTIFIC CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ANALYSIS 3
FOR 312 CHEMISTRY AND CRIMINALISTICS 4
FOR 412 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINALISTICS 3
FOR 414 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 3
FOR 416 OPTICAL MICROSCOPY 2

Required Courses in Biology (8 credit hours)
BIO 214 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY 4
BIO 303 GENETICS 4
or BIO 350 GENES IN POPULATIONS

Upper Division Elective Courses (7-9 credit hours)
Select at least 7 credit hours from the following: 7-9
ANT 324 THE HUMAN SKELETON
ANT 325 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
BIO 305 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 308 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
BIO 309 LABORATORY IN HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1)
BIO 314 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 316 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)
BIO 450 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY (4)
CHE 310 LITERATURE OF CHEMISTRY (1)
CHE 360 INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 406 ANALYTICAL TOXICOLOGY (2)
CHE 472 BIOCHEMISTRY II
GES 360 FORENSIC GEOSCIENCE
PSY 375 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
FOR 412 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINALISTICS
or FOR 495 SPECIAL PROJECT

Required Courses in Other Fields (23 credit hours)
MAT 161 CALCULUS I 4
MAT 162 CALCULUS II 4
MAT 163 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS I 1
MAT 164 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS II 1
MAT 311 INTRODUCTORY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
PHY 111 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I 5
PHY 112 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II 5

All College Electives
2 credit hours 2
Total Credit Hours 120-126

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