Department of Chemistry
West Chester University
Office: 119 Schmucker
Science Center South
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2631
Fax (610) 436-2890
Email: Department Chair
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.
|____||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|
|____||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|
|____||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|
|____||CRL||371||Forensic Chemistry Lab||2||____||GEd||XXX||Arts||3|
|____||CHE||418||Chemical Information||1||____||GEd||XXX||Student Elective||3|
|____||CHE||476||Biochemistry I||3||____||GEd||XXX||Interdiciplinary §▼||3|
|____||CRL||476||Experimental Biochem I||2||____||CHE||433||Special Topics §■||3|
|____||CRJ||110||Introduction to Criminal Justice*||3|
|____||Department Safety Examination||Total Credits||125|
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