B.S. Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry

Do you have a gift for critical thinking and desire for problem-solving? Have you been thinking of an undergraduate program that is both unique and challenging? You might be looking for a program that will prepare you for a career in the forensic science laboratory.

At the WCU Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry program, our mission is to cultivate professionals who have acquired the knowledge and skills required for employment in forensic science and toxicology laboratories and a variety of analytical chemistry laboratories including industrial, research, and clinical laboratories.

Our curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission through the accomplishment of the specific goals listed below.

  1. Graduates will have a strong foundation in the natural sciences.
  2. Graduates will have a fundamental understanding of the principles of forensic sciences, toxicology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and statistics relevant to the professional practice of forensic chemistry and toxicology.
  3. Graduates will have gained extensive laboratory experience through their coursework and internships.
  4. Graduates will have demonstrated competence in scientific communication in both written and oral form.

Students take a series of coursework that give them a sound combination of fundamental chemical knowledge, forensic science concepts, and analytical chemical skills. They learn the chemistry of physical evidence, the tools needed to analyze them, the art of communicating scientific results well, and professional laboratory practices. Our curriculum and learning environment are designed to graduate chemists that are well-prepared for entry-level positions in laboratories, graduate school, or other career paths they might find themselves on.

We are FEPAC accredited! Our well-rounded curriculum meets the curricular standards set by FEPAC. We routinely evaluate our curriculum and program practices to ensure that students are well-informed about current issues in forensic science practice.

Chemistry Course Descriptions


Forensic Microscopy
Forensic Microscopy Students wearing goggles in the lab and taking notes