Master of Forensic Science in Forensic Chemistry
The Master of Forensic Science in Forensic Chemistry is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and trains students to become laboratory analysts in the fields of forensic drug chemistry or trace evidence analysis. Drugs and their analyses are presented to the students through courses in medicinal chemistry and through the special topics course on the analysis of dosage forms of drugs. Trace evidence analysis is covered three courses:
- Trace Evidence (hair and fibers)
- Forensic Chemistry I (glass and soil)
- Forensic Chemistry II (paper, paint, ignitable liquids and explosive residues)
All students concentrating in forensic chemistry are expected to complete research projects and to present their research results either in the graduate seminar or at a forensic science meeting (such as those of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences or the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists). Students concentrating in forensic chemistry are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one internship at a forensic science laboratory in the Washington, D.C. area.
Prerequisite: A bachelor's degree in chemistry from an accredited university with course work through instrumental analysis or permission of the department. Preference will be given to students who have extensive laboratory experience with instrumentation (e.g. undergraduate research, internships, and work-study programs).
Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study consists of 36 credit hours of approved course work. All candidates are required to pass a written Master's Comprehensive Examination.
FORS 6206 Trace Evidence Analysis
FORS 6213 Elements of Forensic Science
FORS 6290 Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6223 Criminal Law III: Moot Court
FORS 6234 Medicinal Chemistry I
FORS 6235 Medicinal Chemistry II
FORS 6238 Forensic Chemistry I
FORS 6239 Forensic Chemistry II
FORS 6240 Forensic Drug Analysis
FORS 6292 Graduate Seminar
Recommended Courses (12 Credits)
Twelve credits will be chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor.
FORS 6295 Research (1-3 credits)
Additional appropriate courses may be selected from those offered by the Departments of Forensic Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, etc.
It is strongly recommended that students participate in FORS 6298, the forensic sciences practicum.
Microscopic Crime Fighting
At the microscope laboratory, a Mettler hot stage and comparison microscope are available for refractive index measurements. Two comparison microscopes and numerous transmitted light microscopes provide the means to examine hairs, fibers, glass, and soil.