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:
- 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 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).
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.