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WIU is the only Illinois institution (one of only six nationwide!) to
offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry also offers an integrated B.S. Forensic Chemistry- M.S. Chemistry degree program as an opportunity for outstanding students to complete both degrees within a 5 year period.
Forensic Chemists are also involved in the investigation of crime against society, such as food adulteration, environmental pollution, use and distribution of unsafe chemicals, and dangerous working conditions. This major is recommended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in criminal investigation, in the laboratory analysis of forensic evidence, or pursue graduate study in forensic science. Due to the nature of forensic investigations, the forensic chemist requires a strong background in chemical analysis and must be able to effectively communicate the results of laboratory analyses in reports and in the courtroom. The curriculum is designed so that the major provides a strong theoretical and experimental background in chemistry as well as written and oral communication skills.
Civilians are employed by many police forces to provide a variety of technical services, including photography, collection and comparison of fingerprints, vehicle examination, and detailed examination of the science of crime. Scene examiners will normally have some scientific training.
Forensic Chemistry majors are qualified to work in modern laboratories at local, regional, state and federal levels. Students can also find employment with such agencies as the;
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Food and Drug Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency
as well as private chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
Why Choose Forensic Chemistry at WIU?
The curriculum provides students with a strong chemistry foundation and a specialization in forensic sciences. Forensic Chemistry majors learn basic concepts of crime scene investigations; including managing and reconstructing a crime scene, analytical laboratory techniques, and pattern analysis.
Students are also trained to document and collect physical and biological evidence, take notes, and write a forensic report.
Integrated Baccalaureate and Masters Degree in Forensic Chemistry/Chemistry
The Integrated Baccalaureate and Masters Degree in Forensic Chemistry/Chemistry (IBMP) allows an opportunity for outstanding students to earn both the B.S. Forensic Chemistry and M.S. Chemistry degrees in one five year program.