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Forensic and Investigative Science: Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , WV,
One of WVU’s most highly ranked majors, Forensic Investigative Science is for students with a passion for research and a desire to apply scientific analysis to legal proceedings. WVU’s undergraduate program has three areas of emphasis: Forensic Examiner, Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry. 


How to choose? First, make sure you have a realistic understanding of what a forensic job is and what it entails. It is not like television where characters participate from crime scene through investigation, scientific analysis and testimony. In reality, these responsibilities are compartmentalized. Crime scene analysts rarely work in the lab while forensic chemists and biologists rarely go to crime scenes. A good place to start your research is at the website of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and their sections on forensic careers and forensic jobs. Look over these job listings to get an idea of what the real world of forensic science is like.

Do you want to work in a laboratory or in the field? Are you more inclined to scientific laboratory environments or investigative work? Read the descriptions below to see what fits best and remember that you don’t have to choose until your sophomore year. However, knowing sooner makes it easier to plan your program and obtain the best second major to complement your program.

This track prepares students for entry level positions in forensic labs as forensic chemists, arson analyst and investigator, forensic toxicologists, and trace evidence examiners. Like the biology track, it too is well-suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in biological disciplines. Forensic chemistry work is a laboratory based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal, and private laboratories. Forensic chemists typically do not do crime scene work on a routine basis, but may occasionally be called to a scene.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Forensic and Investigative Science Program is fully accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    122 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • Methods of Structure Determination
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry: Brief Course and Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • Forensic Statistics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements


Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application.
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.

To expedite the application process, it is strongly recommended that all undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfer) who have attended high school, post-secondary educational institutions and colleges or universities outside the United States use World Education Services to complete the required professional credential evaluation of all academic work completed. A “detailed” or “course-by-course” evaluation, including a calculated grade point average (GPA) and WES certified copies of official documents, is required for all work completed in a country other than the United States.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23616 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    8592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Morgantown

  • 775 - 1290 USD/month
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