Forensic Chemistry

Students in our forensic chemistry program

  • Had a 100% placement rate within 6 months of graduation into a job in a related discipline.

  • Are taught by active forensic scientists who bring real crime scenes into the classroom.
  • Received 3rd place for their poster presentation at an American Chemical Society Conference.
  • Designed and conducted a lead (Pb) contamination analysis of local neighborhood housing exteriors with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. Over 80% of the houses analyzed were positive for lead (Pb) contamination.
  • Interned at A & L Great Lakes Laboratory and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
  • Investigated the uptake of potentially toxic cadmium selenide by vegetation.  Toxic metal presence in vegetation can be indicative of the location of a crime scene.
  • Researched the influence of ion concentrations in water on toxic metal extraction from leaves.
  • After graduation can be found at Valbruna Stainless Steel Inc. and Systech Environmental Corporation

What’s New?

  • Congratulations to one of our forensic chemistry students for getting accepted to a summer research experience exploring the forensics of juvenile osteology in Transylvania, Romania.


USF Students Conduct a Lead Awareness Campaign

USF Students Conduct a Lead Awareness Campaign

To obtain your Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Saint Francis, you must complete the following courses:

  • Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 141)
  • Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 142)
  • Introduction to Forensic Science (FORE 101)
  • Principles of Biology I (BIOL 190)
  • Principles of Biology II (BIOL 191)
  • Calculus I (MATH 223)
  • Calculus II (MATH 224)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 241)
  • Criminal Evidence (FORE 201)
  • Biochemistry (CHEM 333)
  • Biotechnology Laboratory (CHEM 367)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 344)
  • Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 345)
  • Expert Witness Testimony (FORE 301)
  • Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 449)
  • Forensic Microscopy (FORE 401)
  • Practicum (FORE 440)
  • Chemistry Seminar (CHEM 480 and 481) – eight semesters
  • Physics I (SCIE 257)
  • Physics II (SCIE 258)
  • Electives (any discipline, 18-22 credit hours)