B.S. Forensic Chemistry Degree

The B.S. in forensic chemistry is intended for students who are interested in careers as scientists in criminal investigation and law enforcement. Forensic chemistry applies analytical chemistry to aid the justice system in identification and quantification of substances collected at a crime scene. Students take relevant courses in chemistry and biology, study criminal investigation procedures, and undertake a summer internship in a crime laboratory.  The students that choose forensic chemistry as a major are advised that the student must past extensive background checks prior to forensic internship and employment opportunities.

The mission of the Forensic Chemistry Program at The University of Mississippi is to cultivate young inquisitive minds into problem solving instruments that are prepared to meet the demands in the forever changing technological arena of forensic science.

A Major in Forensic Chemistry for the B.S. Degree consists of the 46-50 hours of chemistry courses shown in the curriculum table below. Students must earn 30 hours in residence, which must include Chem 314, 459, 463, 469, 470, 512, and Phcl 381.  The capstone experience of this degree program (Chem 459) is a summer internship in a local, state, or federal crime laboratory.  Also required are Csci 251, Phys 211, 212, 221, 222 or Phys 213, 214, 223, 224; Math 261, 262, 375; Bisc 160, 161, 162, 163, and 336; Chem 319 (or CJ 415) and either 230, 310, or 410; and Phcl 381.  The curriculum for the B.S. in forensic chemistry is accredited through the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

The following courses may not be used for major or minor credit: Chem 101, 102, 103, 104, 113, 114, 121, 201, 202, 271, 381, 382, or 383.

SAMPLE PROGRAM

FRESHMAN YEAR
Courses:
Hours:
CHEM 105, 106, 115, 116
8
WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 and either WRIT 102 or LIBA 102
6
Biology 160, 161, 162, 163
8
Mathematics 261, 262
6
Foreign Language 121 or 111
3
31
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Courses:
Hours:
CHEM 221, 222, 225, 226
8
Biology 336
4
Foreign Language 201, 202 (or 211)
6
English 221,222,223,224,225
6
Physics 211, 212, 221, 222 or
Physics 213, 214, 223, 224
8
32
JUNIOR YEAR
Courses:
Hours:
CHEM 314, 331 or 334, 469
11
Mathematics 375
3
CHEM 319 or Criminal Justice 415
3
Social sciences and Humanities (in one area)
6
Social sciences and Humanities
6
29
SUMMER SESSION
Courses:
Hours:
CHEM 459 — Internship*
3
SENIOR YEAR
Courses:
Hours:
Computer Science 251
3
CHEM 470, 471, 473, 512
13
CHEM 463
3
Pharmacology 381
3
Criminal Justice 230, 310, or 410
3
Fine or Performing Arts
3
Elective
1
29

*Requires a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and junior standing.

Forensic Chemistry Program “Quick Facts”

Approximately seventy-five percent of responding graduates from our FEPAC accredited B.S. Forensic Chemistry Program (from Spring 2006 until Spring 2014) reported employment in a forensic laboratory, graduate school, or scientifically related field.