Students who pursue the forensic track will be able to obtain their Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry while focusing on crime lab applications.

chemistry students with professorCoursework focuses on developing an understanding of how evidence collection and analysis can lead to conclusions about past actions, as well analytical skills that will not destroy trace evidence. Courses such as criminalistics, microscopical methods, and toxicology have been incorporated such that students have the hands-on experience and skills necessary to be competitive in the job market. Students that complete this major will be prepared to seek jobs with local, state, and federal criminalistics labs, as well as with museums and non-profit organizations.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 121

Mathematics for Business, Life Science, and the Social Sciences
OR MATH 123 Calculus and its Applications

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives  
  PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
  MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
  PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I
OR PHYS 211 General Physics I
4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 198 Scientific Communications I 1
CHEM 199 Scientific Communications II 1
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 299 Scientific Communications III 1
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry 5
CHEM 331 Chemical Instrumentation 4
CHEM 401 Physical Chemistry I 4

PSCI 499

Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  CREDIT
HOURS
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 312 Genetics 4
CHEM 101 Introduction to Criminalistics 3
CHEM 260  Microscopical Methods 3
CHEM 301 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 360 Toxicology 3
Choose three of the following:
BIOL 421CHEM 311 or higher, GEOL 111 or higher, PHYS 202 or PHYS 212
POLS 217POLS 313
9-12
     
Total Major Program Requirements 64-67
Additional Electives 18-21
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses