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Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

About the Program

Forensic chemistry is a program of professional study whose graduates are prepared to assume entry-level positions as forensic chemists in police laboratories at the local, state, or federal level. Graduates with this degree may also choose to go on to graduate-level forensic science programs or to pursue a career working in a scientific laboratory.

About the Chemistry Department

313 Science Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5204
Fax: (716) 878-4028

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Recommendations: Transfer students from two-year colleges should have earned credit for courses equivalent to CHE 111, CHE 112, CHE 201, CHE 202, CHE 203, CHE 204, FOR 122, MAT 161, MAT 162, and PHY 111 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 the same equivalent prerequisite. 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 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Chemistry 32 cr

CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (4)
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry Laboratories I (1)
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
CHE 301 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHE 331 Principles of Physical Chemistry
CHE 403 Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHE 470 Biochemistry I
CHE 471 Biochemical Techniques (2)

Total Required Credit Hours in Forensic Science 15 cr
FOR 122 Scientific Criminal Evidence Analysis
FOR 312 Chemistry and Criminalistics (4)
FOR 412 Internship in Criminalistics*
FOR 414 Forensic Chemistry Laboratory
FOR 416 Optical Microscopy (2)

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology 8 cr
BIO 211 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIO 214 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 350 Genes in Populations (4)

Upper Division Elective Courses in the Major 7-9 cr

Select at least 7 credits from the following:
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 in 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 (2nd)
FOR 495 Special Project in Forensics

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields 23 cr

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
PHY 111 University Physics I (5)
PHY 112 University Physics II (5)

All College Electives 0–2 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120-126 cr

Academic Road Map for Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

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