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. 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
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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