Department of Chemistry
West Chester University
Office: 119 Schmucker
Science Center South
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2631
Fax (610) 436-2890
Email: Department Chair
The B.S. in FORENSIC and TOXICOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY is a program (accredited by FEPAC) for students interested in working in criminalistics and toxicology laboratories. The program prepares students for graduate study and specialization in these fields. Follow this link to read about how the American Chemical Society describes a forensic chemists's career. More on careers in forensics can be found that the American Academy of Forensic Sciences site. A one-semester internship in a police or toxicology forensic-chemistry laboratory is a mandatory part of this program. Background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officiers are likely to be a condition of employment [NIJ Report NCJ 203099 - "Qualifications for a Career in Forensic Science." pp. 7-10). Visit our Quality/Value page for some measures of student achievement.
|____||CHE||103||General Chemistry I||3||____||CHE||104||General Chemistry II||3|
|____||CRL||103||Exp. Gen. Chem. I||1||____||CRL||104||Exp. Gen. Chem. II||1|
|____||MAT||161||Calculus I||4||____||WRT||XXX||Writing Course||3|
|____||WRT||120||Effective Writing I||3||____||MAT||121||Statistics||3|
|____||BIO||110||General Biology||3||____||SPK||XXX||Communication Studies ♦||3|
|____||GEd||XXX||B/SS (1)||3||____||MAT||162||Calculus II||4|
|____||CHE||231||Organic Chemistry I||4||____||CHE||232||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|____||CRL||231||Exp. Org. Chem. I||2||____||CRL||232||Exp. Org. Chem. II||2|
|____||CHE||321||Analytical Chemistry I||3||____||PHY||180||Physics II||4|
|____||CRL||321||Exp Analyt Chem I||2||____||BIO||204||Microbiology ♠||4|
|____||PHY||170||Physics I||4||____||GEd||XXX||PHI 180 (Humanities 1) ♥||3|
|____||CHE||341||Physical Chemistry I||4||____||BIL||333||Recomb. DNA Techniques||2|
|____||CRL||341||Exp. Phys. Chem I||2||____||CHE||424||Adv. Analytical Chem.||3|
|____||CRL||371||Forensic Chemistry Lab||2||____||GEd||XXX||Arts||3|
|____||CHE||418||Chemical Information||1||____||GEd||XXX||Student Elective||3|
|____||CHE||476||Biochemistry I||3||____||GEd||XXX||Interdiciplinary §▼||3|
|____||CRL||476||Experimental Biochem I||2||____||CHE||433||Special Topics §■||3|
|____||CRJ||110||Introduction to Criminal Justice*||3|
|____||Department Safety Examination||Total Credits||125|
For pre-requistes for the major courses refer to the undergraduate catalog.
* CRJ 210 may be substituted for CRJ 110
♠ BIO 214 may be substituted for BIO 204.
Notes on General Education Courses (Ged):
♦ Choose from SPK 208 or 230.
♥ PHI 180 fulfills the Diverse Communities requirement
§ Student Electives must be used to fulfill the requirements for the FT&C degree
■ CHE 433 is taken during the semester that it is offered as "Chemistry and the Law". This course is offered every other year. Students should plan accordingly.
▼ An Interdisciplinary (I) course may not be used to fulfill distributive requirements.
Students must take three "W" courses; at least 3 credits must be in 300 or 400 level courses. These are best taken