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Master of Forensic Science in the field of 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:

  1. Trace Evidence (hair and fibers)
  2. Forensic Chemistry I (glass and soil)
  3. 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 in the graduate seminar. 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).

Program Curriculum

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

37 credits in required courses, successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination, and successful completion of an independent research project.

FORS 6004Fundamentals of Forensic Science I
FORS 6005Fundamentals of Forensic Science II
FORS 6020Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Quality Assurance
FORS 6206Trace Evidence Analysis
FORS 6210Advanced Instrumental Analysis
FORS 6224Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6225Statistics for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6234Medicinal Chemistry I
FORS 6235Medicinal Chemistry II
FORS 6238Forensic Chemistry I
FORS 6239Forensic Chemistry II
FORS 6240Forensic Drug Analysis
FORS 6292Graduate Seminar (taken twice) *
Successful completion of the master’s comprehensive examination
Successful completion of an independent research project
*Students must register for FORS 6292 in their first semester and again during or after completion of the required independent research project.

Fighting Crime in the Laboratory

Fighting Crime in the Laboratory

In the mass spectrometry lab a variety of research-grade instruments are available to analyze drugs, ignitable liquid residues, explosives, proteins and amino acids. Other lab facilities are also available for research and teaching.