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Forensic Chemistry

Dean:  Dr. Edward Kremer

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Ronald Budhram

There are many facets to forensic science which creates a vast array of careers for those with a forensic background. Many are clearly defined as forensic police detective, forensic pathologist, forensic scientist, forensic investigator and others have related titles such as criminalistics, ballistics expert, toxicologists, anthropologists, dental hygienists, engineers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, lawyers, accountants. Professionals from these disciplines and many others work together to solve crimes using scientific methodologies.

There are approximately 40,000 different police agencies in the United States which gather physical evidence which must be analyzed. Their case load is increasing. Analysis of smaller size samples, enabled by advances in chemical detection methods, is also creating an increased demand for highly skilled scientists.

Forensic scientists work in crime laboratories at the local, regional, state, or federal level. They also work for other law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Their training also prepares the forensic major to work for private industries in their analytical, environmental, or toxicology laboratories. Finally, highly trained and experienced forensic personnel often serve as consultants.

Students completing the Associates in Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences program would be ready to continue on at a four year institution in a forensic science or related program (pre-law, pre-med, pre-dentistry, chemistry, biology, environmental science). Students should check with their transfer school early in the program to insure a smooth transition.