Chemistry B.S. – Forensic Science Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Michael D. Mosher, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Telephone: 970.351.2559

Website: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of forensic science by providing them with background courses in chemistry, physics, sociology and criminal justice along with laboratory experiences as research and an internship. Students completing this degree emphasis who wish to pursue graduate study in one of the areas of chemistry may be required to complete additional course work in physical chemistry and/or mathematics and biology depending on the entrance requirements of the specific graduate school.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • All students in the program must take an assessment examination before graduation.
  • Students majoring in chemistry must earn a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all courses having a CHEM prefix which count toward the major.

Program Recommendations:

  • Graduate level CHEM courses are recommended for juniors and seniors. Other recommended electives include MATH 132, MATH 221, MATH 335, STAT 150, PHYS 321 and PHYS 343.
  • It is recommended that students have a fundamental background in computers.
  • Juniors and seniors are expected to participate in Chemistry and Biochemistry’s undergraduate research program.
  • Qualifying students may be eligible for a five-year program resulting in a B.S./M.S. degree. Consult your advisor early in your program for details.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 21 credits

LAC area 1b. — Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing

3

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I

4

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology

4

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

5

PHYS 220Introductory Physics I

5

Remaining LAC — 19 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from LAC areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 64-65 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 321Chemical Analysis

4

CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II

4

CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 421Instrumental Analysis

4

CHEM 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 450Survey of Physical Chemistry

3

CHEM 450LSurvey of Physical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 481General Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 481LExperimental Biochemistry I

1

CHEM 482General Biochemistry II

3

CHEM 482LExperimental Biochemistry II

1

CHEM 499Seminar and Research in Chemistry

1 - 3

ANT 330Forensic Anthropology

3

CRJ 395Topics in Criminal Justice

1 - 3

PHYS 221Introductory Physics II

5

CHEM 422: Take 4 credits

CHEM 499: Take 2 credits

CRJ 395: Take 3 credits. Recommended: Fundamentals of Forensics

Choose one of the following courses:

CRJ 110Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 395Topics in Criminal Justice

1 - 3

PSY 255Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC 302Variable Topics in Sociology

1 - 4

SOC 332Social Psychology

3

SOC 346Criminology

3

CRJ 395:Take 3 credits. Recommended: Criminal Profiling

SOC 302: Take 3 credits. Recommended: Sociology of Murder

Choose one of the following courses:

ANT 340Quantitative Methods for Anthropology

3

or

SOC 361Methods of Sociological Research I

3

and

SOC 363Methods of Sociological Research I Lab

1

SOC 363: optional

Choose one of the following courses

ANT 320Archaeological Research Methods

3

ANT 408Workshop in Anthropology

3 - 12

ANT 408: Take 3 credits

3. University-Wide Credits — 15-16 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 15-16 credits.

NOTE: Students wishing to participate in the Honors Program should consult their advisors about Liberal Arts Core selections and other requirements.