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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.

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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.

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Chemistry Major - Forensic Chemistry Emphasis (71-73 Credits):

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (15)

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)

CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (9)

CH 337 Organic Chemistry Lab (1)

CH 338 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)

CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)

CH 345 Introduction to Toxicology (3)

CH 350W Chemical Literature (1)

CH 407W Seminar (1)

CH 409 Practicum (1)

CH 450 Biochemistry I (3)

CH 461W, 462W Experimental Chemistry (4)

BI 211 Principles of Biology (5)

BI 314 Introductory Genetics (4)

MTH 243 Probability and Statistics (4)

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems (4)

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Choose one elective below (3-4):

. BI 475 Molecular Biology (4)

. CH 452 Biochemistry Lab (3)

. CH 445 Toxicology Laboratory Techniques (3)

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The B.A. requires MTH 252, CH121 or 161 and completion of the third term of the second year modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined 12 credit hours of coursework in mathematics and computer science including MTH 252 and CH121 or 161. For this major the six hours of writing intensive coursework should come from CH 350W, CH 407W, CH 461W, and CH462W. The sequence PH 201, 202, 203 or PH 211, 212, 213 is to be completed as the LACC science requirement. PHL 251, PHL 252, or PHL 255 must be completed as the LACC philosophy or religion requirement. For students interested in pursuing a career as a DNA analyst, the BI 475 Molecular Biology option is recommended.

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Students completing this major must also complete the Forensic Science Minor for Chemistry Majors.

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Forensic Science Minor: Chemistry Majors (30 credits):

CH 161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science (2)

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)

CH 420W Forensic Laboratory Techniques and Documentation (4)

CH 430, 431, 432 Applications of Forensic Science (6)

CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

COM 327 Communication in the Legal Field (3)

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Choose two electives below (8):

. BI 315 Cell Biology (4)

. BI 331 General Microbiology (4)

. BI 334 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)

. BI 335 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)

. BI 336 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)

.CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)

.CH 322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (4)

.CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

.CJ 322 Foresnic Anthropology (4)

.CJ 323 Introduction to Crime Scene and Crash Diagramming (4)

.CJ 324 Advanced Crime Scene and Crash Diagramming (4)

.CJ 328 Forensic Osteology (4)

.CJ 333 Forensic DNA Analysis (4)

.CJ 341 Introduction to GIS (4)

.CJ 342 Strategic Crime Analysis with GIS (4)

.ES 341 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (4)

This minor may be taken by other scientific disciplines providing they complete CH 221, 222, 223, CH 334-338, and CH 313. (Note: for non-chemistry majors, up to 4 of the elective credits required by the minor may come from the CH 334-338 series). In addition, majors of disciplines other than chemistry must complete PHL 251, PHL 252, or PHL 255 as the LACC Philosophy or Region requirement and MTH 243 as part of the mathematics requirements.

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Forensic Science Minor: Non-Chemistry Majors (28-29 credits):

CH 104, 105, 106 Introductory Chemistry (12)

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)

CH 430, 431, 432 Applications of Forensic Science (6)

CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

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Choose one elective below (3-4):

. CH 322 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (4)

. CH 345 Introduction to Toxicology (3)

. CJ 322 Forensic Anthropology

. CJ 323 INtroduction to Crime Scene and Crash Diagramming (4)

. CJ 328 Forensic Osteology (4)

. CJ 333 Forensic DNA Analysis (4)

. CJ 452 Criminal Procedures (4)

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It is suggested that students pursuing this minor take BI 102 as part of their LACC science requirement. Alternatively, CH 104, 105, and 106 may be applied to the LACC. In this case, an additional 4 hours of science elective approved by the minor advisor may be substituted.

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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.

Potential Course Schedule for Forensic Emphasis Majors Starting in Odd Years

YEAR 1 (odd) courses     Fall - (CRN - Credits)    Winter (CRN - Credits)    Spring (CRN - Credits)   
General Biology    BI211 - 5 credits       
General Chemistry    CH221 - 5 credits    CH222 - 5 credits    CH223 - 5 credits   
College Algebra    MTH111 - 4 credits       
Elementary Functions      MTH112 - 4 credits     
Calculus 1        MTH251 - 5 credits   
College Writing II         WR135 - 4 credits   
Principles of public speaking      COMM 111 - 3 credits     
Individual Health and Fitness     PE 131 - 2 credits       
LACCs/Electives      3-5 credits    1-3 credits   
Total Credits    16 credits    15 - 17 credits    15- 17 credits   
YEAR 2 (even) courses     Fall - (CRN - Credits)    Winter (CRN - Credits)    Spring (CRN - Credits)   
Organic Chemistry    CH334 - 3 credits    CH335 - 3 credits    CH336 - 3 credits   
Organic Lab I      CH337 - 1 credit     
Organic Lab II        CH338 - 2 credits   
Physics    PH201/PH211 - 4 credits    PH202/212 - 4 credits    PH203/213 - 4 credits   
Calculus II       MTH 252 - 5 credits     
Intro Forensic Science     CH320 - 3 credits       
Principles of For Invest    CJ321 - 4 credits       
LACCs/Electives    1-3    2-4 credits    6-8 credits   
Total Credits    15-17 credits    15-17 credits    15- 17 credits   
YEAR 3 (odd) courses     Fall - (CRN - Credits)    Winter (CRN - Credits)    Spring (CRN - Credits)   
Biochemistry    CH450 - 3 credits       
Genetics    BI314 - 4 credits       
Instrumental Analysis        CH313 - 4 credits   
Quantitative Analysis      CH312 - 4 credits     
Apps of Forensic Sci     CH430 - 2 credits     CH431 - 2 credits    CH432 - 2 credits   
Chem Lit       CH350 - 1 credit     
Forensic Photography     CH161 - 2 credits       
Com in the Legal Field        COM327 - 3 credits   
LACCs/Electives    4-6 credits    8-10 credits    6-8 credits   
Total Credits    15-17 credits    15-17 credits    15-17 credits   
YEAR 4 (even) courses     Fall - (CRN - Credits)    Winter (CRN - Credits)    Spring (CRN - Credits)   
Experimental Chemistry    CH461 - 2 credits    CH462 - 2 credits     
Probability and Statistics       CH243 4 credits     
Forensic Tech & Doc      CH420 - 4 credits     
Intro to Toxicology    CH345 - 3 credits       
Elementary P-Chem        CH340 - 4 credits   
Chemistry Seminar        CH407 - 1 credit   
Toxicology Lab        CH445 - 3 credits   
Geograph Inform. Systems    ES341 - 4 credits       
Practicum      CH409 - 1 credit     
LACCs/Electives    6-8 credits    4-6 credits    7-9 credits   
Total Credits    15-17 credits    15-17 credits    15-17 credits   

Contact

Department of Chemistry (503) 838-8207 | or e-mail: courtna@wou.edu

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