Master of Forensic Science in the field of Forensic Toxicology

The Master of Arts in Forensic Science in the field of Forensic Toxicology is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and prepares students for careers in a medical examiner's office or a private testing laboratory. Students learn how to conduct analyses of biological samples, interpret their findings, and determine the presence of drugs.

Prerequisite: A bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology from an accredited university with course work through instrumental analysis or permission of the department. In addition to the required courses in each of those majors, the following specific courses are strongly recommended: instrumental analysis, physiology, and biochemistry.

Program Curriculum

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

37 credits, including 34 credits in required courses, 3 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the advisor, and successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.

FORS 6004Fundamentals of Forensic Science I
FORS 6005Fundamentals of Forensic Science II
FORS 6020Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Quality Assurance
FORS 6210Advanced Instrumental Analysis
FORS 6224Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6225Statistics for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6232Analytical Toxicology
FORS 6234Medicinal Chemistry I
FORS 6235Medicinal Chemistry II
FORS 6236Forensic Toxicology I
FORS 6237Forensic Toxicology II
FORS 6292Graduate Seminar (taken twice) *
3 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.
Other requirements
Successful completion of an independent research project.
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination.
*Students must register for FORS 6292 in their first semester and again during or after completion of the required independent research project.

Toxicology Research

Toxicology Research

Looking to learn more about toxicology and drug abuse? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a number of resources for students and researchers.

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