B.S. Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry:

The B.S. in Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry program is FEPAC Accredited.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry program in the West Chester University Department of Chemistry is to cultivate chemistry professionals who have acquired a sound combination of fundamental chemical knowledge, basic forensic science concepts, laboratory and analytical chemical skills needed to analyze physical evidence, communication skills, and ethical principles and practices. Our graduates will be well-prepared for graduate degrees and to become highly successful Forensic and Toxicological Chemists at an introductory level in crime or related laboratories.

Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry Degree Core Goals:

Our curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission through the accomplishment of the specific goals listed below. On fulfilling the curricular requirements our graduates can expect to have gained the following:

  1. Graduates will obtain the knowledge and skills to be qualified for employment as chemical professionals in forensic and toxicology laboratories, industry, government, the health profession and related activities.
  2. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of forensic sciences, analytical chemistry, biology, and statistics relevant to professional practice in forensic chemistry and toxicology.
  3. Students will acquire extensive laboratory skills
  4. Students will develop scientific writing and oral communication skills.


1st Year

Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 3
CRL 103 Exp. Gen. Chem. I 1
MAT 161 Calculus I 4
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
GEd   B/SS (1) 3
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 3
CRL 104 Exp. Gen. Chem. II 1
WRT   Writing Course 3
MAT 121 Statistics 3
SPK   Communication Studies2 3
MAT 162 Calculus II 4

2nd Year

Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
CRL 231 Exp. Org. Chem. I 2
CHE 321 Analytical Chemistry I 3
CRL 321 Exp. Analyt. Chem. I 2
PHY 170 Physics I 4
GEd   B/SS (2) 3
CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CRL 232 Exp. Org. Chem. II 2
PHY 180 Physics II 4
BIO 204 Microbiology1 4
CHE 271 Forensic Chemistry I4 3

3rd Year

Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 230 Genetics 3
CHE 341 Physical Chemistry I 4
CRL 341 Exp. Phys. Chem. I 2
CHE 371 Forensic Chemistry II 3
CRL 371 Forensic Chemistry Lab 2
CHE 418 Chemical Information 1
GEd   Humanities (2) 3
CHE 424 Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHE 479 Toxicology 3
GEd   Arts 3
CHE 465 Forensic Microscopy 3

4th Year

Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 476 Biochemistry I 3
CRL 476 Experimental Biochem. I 2
CHE 491 Chemistry Seminar 1
BIO 431 Molecular Genetics 3
GEd   PHI 180 (Hum. I)3 3
GEd   Interdisciplinary4 3
CHE 433 Special Topicsi,5 3
CHE 451 Internship 4
BIO 333 Recomb. DNA Tech6 2
B.S. Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry Advising Sheet  for students admitted to the major prior to fall 2019 FTC advising sheet 2020 Student Success Program Contact Email


Program Notes:

  • 1BIO 214 may be substituted for BIO 204

For General Education Courses (Ged):

  • 2Choose from SPK 208 or 230
  • 3PHI 180 fulfills the Diverse Communities requirement
  • 4An Interdisciplinary (I) course may not be used to fulfill distributive requirements
  • 5CHE 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.
  • 6CRL 477 may be substituted for BIO333
  • i Student Electives must be used to fulfill the requirements for the FT&C degree 
    Students must take three "W" courses; at least 3 credits must be in 300 or 400 level courses. These are best taken from among the distributive requirements or student electives.
  • *Department Safety Examination
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