Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32

Required Courses:

Core Courses
CHEM 5102Data Analysis and Evidence2
CHEM 5108Investigative Chemistry4
CHEM 8001Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science3
CHEM 8007Biotransformation of Drugs and Xenobiotics3
CHEM 8107Advanced Forensic Chemistry3
CHEM 8111Forensic Toxicology3
CHEM 8601Analytical Separations3
CHEM 9800Seminar in Forensic Chemistry (2 terms)2
Electives 16
Capstone Course
CHEM 9995Capstone Project3
Total Credit Hours32

With advisor approval, students may elect to take CHEM 8310 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry or any two graduate-level courses. If CHEM 8310 is taken twice, different topics must be studied each term.

Culminating Events:
Capstone Project:
The internship involves a significant project completed in an approved forensic laboratory. As part of the culminating event of the Forensic Chemistry PSM, students present their project results at the final Seminar in Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 9800).


In the Forensic Chemistry PSM, you’ll be required to attend annual seminars to learn about current topics and developments in the fields of forensics and forensic chemistry. In addition, you’ll receive hands-on training in an approved forensic laboratory, which will provide the basis for your independent research project.

Core requirements for the science side of forensic chemistry include

  • applied biopharmaceutics,
  • current topics in forensic chemistry,
  • data analysis and
  • toxicology.

Core requirements for the legal side of forensic chemistry include

  • ethics,
  • law and
  • policy.

See a full list of required and elective courses for the Forensic Chemistry PSM.