Department of Chemistry

West Chester University

Chemistry Information
Office: 119 Schmucker
Science Center South
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2631
Fax (610) 436-2890
Email: Department Chair


Bachelor of Science – Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry

JY in the lab 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. Since 2008 71% of our F&TC graduates have moved on to positions in F&TC, industry or graduate study, as detailed in this chart. 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.

Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry - Approved Curriculum

1st Year

____ 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
17 17


2nd Year

____ 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
____ GEd XXX B/SS (2) 2
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3rd Year

____ BIO 230 Genetics 3 ____ GEd XXX Humanities (2) 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
____ CHE 371 Forensic Chemistry 3 ____ CHE 479 Toxicology 3
____ CRL 371 Forensic Chemistry Lab 2 ____ GEd XXX Arts 3
____ CHE 418 Chemical Information 1 ____ GEd XXX Student Elective 3
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4th Year

____ CHE 476 Biochemistry I 3 ____ GEd XXX Interdiciplinary §▼ 3
____ CRL 476 Experimental Biochem I 2 ____ CHE 433 Special Topics §■ 3
____ CHE 491 Chemistry Seminar 1 ____ CHE 451 Internship 4
____ BIO 431 Molecular Genetics 3          
____ CHE 465 Forensic Microscopy 3          
____ CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice* 3  
           
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____ Department Safety Examination Total Credits 125

Program Notes:
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