Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

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 Mortarboard Icon - Milestone course: a key success marker for your major. See your advisor to discuss the importance of this course in your plan of study.

Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
BSC 120 Bison image Principles of Biology4
Core II Humanities3
CJ 200 Bison image Intro to Criminal Justice (Core II Social Science)3
or CJ 211 Bison image Intro to Law Enforcement
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
CHM 491 Bison image Capstone Experience2
or CHM 490 Bison image Internship
Major-Specific
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 305Research Methods Chem1
CHM 345Intro to Analytical Chem4
CHM 365 Cap graduation image Introductory Biochemistry3
Select one of the following: 4
Physical Chemistry: Quantum (WI)
Physical Chemistry: Thermo. (WI)
CHM 411Modern Instrument Methods4
CHM 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C)2
or CHM 490 Bison image Internship
CHM 432Chemistry Seminar0
300/400 CHM Elective3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)3
or STA 345 Applied Prob and Stat
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology4
BSC 322Principles Cell Biology4
BSC 324Principles of Genetics4
CIT 163Intro to Programming: C++3
Restricted Electives 1
Chemistry courses may not be counted both as a chemistry elective and in this category.
Select two of the following:6
Molecular Biology
Intro Forensic Methods
Intermediate Biochemistry
CJ 314Crime Scene Investigation3
CJ 323Criminal Procedure3
or CJ 422 Law of Evidence
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities as well as the University writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change semesters. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math is based on an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate mathematics and science courses.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to engage in a Forensic Chemistry related Capstone Experience (CHM 491 Capstone Experience).
  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 is required
    1. overall,
    2. at MU,
    3. in all required Chemistry courses,
    4. in all Chemistry courses, and
    5. in all required Chemistry courses taken at MU.

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Four Year Plan

This major is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in fields involving forensics. Degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry provide a program of studies that allows the individual to: obtain high quality instruction in chemistry as a scientific discipline, obtain a sound background in preparation for advanced studies, meet the qualifications of professional chemists and accrediting agencies, or prepare for a professional career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, medical technology, engineering, nursing and other fields.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
BSC 120 Bison image Principles of Biology 4
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT) 5
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology 4
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
CHM 355 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry I 3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory 1
CJ 200 Bison image Intro to Criminal Justice (Core II Social Science) 3
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology 4
STA 225 Bison image
Introductory Statistics (CT)
or Applied Prob and Stat
3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
PHY 203 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
CMM 103 Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
CHM 365 Introductory Biochemistry 3
CHM 305 Research Methods Chem 1
Core II Fine Arts (Milestone course) 3
CIT 163 Intro to Programming: C++ 3
CJ 314 Crime Scene Investigation 3
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
Select one of the following: 4
Physical Chemistry: Thermo. (WI)  
Physical Chemistry: Quantum (WI)  
Core II Humanities 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
BSC 322 Principles Cell Biology 4
CJ 323
Criminal Procedure
or Law of Evidence
3
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHM 345 Intro to Analytical Chem 4
CHM 491 Bison image
or CHM 490 Bison image
Capstone Experience
or Internship
2
BSC 324 Principles of Genetics 4
Writing Intensive 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CHM 432 Chemistry Seminar 0
Free Elective 3
300/400 CHM Elective 3
Restricted Elective 4
CHM 411 Modern Instrument Methods 4
Multicultural or International 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours126