Forensic Chemistry

TYPE: Concentration of Chemistry
DEGREE: B.A./B.S.
DEPARTMENT: Natural Sciences Department

LOCATION: On-Campus
4-YEAR PATHWAY: Graduate in 4 Years

Program Type

Concentration

General Description

"CSI." "Dexter." "NCIS." "Cold Case." These TV shows may have piqued your interest in forensic chemistry, but now you want to dig deeper and find the real story.

You're up for the challenge of satisfying jury members who watch those same shows and demand exacting, convincing evidence of guilt or innocence.

Our world demands evidence, whether in a TV conviction or a real-world crime. Forensic chemists analyze the puzzle of evidence, explain what it means and help uncover the truth.

Through UW-Superior's forensic chemistry program, you will be prepared for a career as a forensic chemist as you understand criminal investigations and your unique role and learn new lab experiments in infrared analysis, fluorescence, and DNA analysis.

Program Outcomes

Through a concentration in forensic chemistry at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Be prepared for forensic chemistry/science graduate programs.
  • Understand and be able to perform lab techniques in biochemistry and cell/molecular biology.
  • Understand criminal procedure and chemistry's new role.
  • Be able to use your knowledge of chemistry to problem-solve.
  • Utilize a variety of sources to access scientific information and evaluate it for reliability and usefulness.
  • Be able to apply your knowledge and skills on an experiment or project.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor and the American Chemical Society are optimistic about job prospects for forensic chemists.

Find employment in places such as:

  • state and federal crime labs.
  • law enforcement agencies.
  • medical examiners' and coroners' offices.
  • pharmaceutical and toxicology laboratories.

Start a career as a:

  • medical laboratory technologist
  • forensic technician
  • chemist
  • chemical technician
  • clinical research coordinator/manager

Did You Know?

  • All of our professors have experience teaching and hold doctorate degrees from leading universities.
  • You'll take a course in criminal justice taught by an instructor with significant field experience.
  • You can work the department as a lab assistant and with faculty members as a research assistants.
  • As a chemistry major with a forensic chemistry concentration, you may be eligible for the Swenson Scholarship, which covers full tuition and books for up to four years.
  • You will have access to modern lab techniques such as a thermal cycler for DNA fingerprinting, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy, laser optics, and biotechnology instrumentation among others.
  • Class of: 2016
    This is a great, close-knit environment. Everybody is very welcoming. Read more.

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