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Forensic Chemistry

Western Illinois University

48 months
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15870 USD/year
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The Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University also offers an integrated B.S. Forensic Chemistry - M.S. Chemistry degree program as an opportunity for outstanding students to complete both degrees within a 5 year period.

Overview

Forensic Chemists at Western Illinois University are also involved in the investigation of crime against society, such as food adulteration, environmental pollution, use and distribution of unsafe chemicals, and dangerous working conditions. 

This major is recommended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in criminal investigation, in the laboratory analysis of forensic evidence, or pursue graduate study in forensic science. Due to the nature of forensic investigations, the forensic chemist requires a strong background in chemical analysis and must be able to effectively communicate the results of laboratory analyses in reports and in the courtroom. The curriculum is designed so that the major provides a strong theoretical and experimental background in chemistry as well as written and oral communication skills.

The Integrated Baccalaureate and Masters Degree in Forensic Chemistry/Chemistry (IBMP) allows an opportunity for outstanding students to earn both the B.S. Forensic Chemistry and M.S. Chemistry degrees in one five year program.

Possible Careers

Forensic Chemistry majors are qualified to work in modern laboratories at local, regional, state and federal levels. Students can also find employment with private chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, as well as such agencies as:

Forensic Chemistry majors are qualified to work in modern laboratories at local, regional, state and federal levels. Students can also find employment with such agencies as the;

  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency

as well as private chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Why Choose Forensic Chemistry at WIU?

The curriculum provides students with a strong chemistry foundation and a specialization in forensic sciences. Forensic Chemistry majors learn basic concepts of crime scene investigations; including managing and reconstructing a crime scene, analytical laboratory techniques, and pattern analysis.

Students are also trained to document and collect physical and biological evidence, take notes, and write a forensic report.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • General Chemistry 
  • Elementary Biochemistry
  • Elementary Forensic Techniques

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3.3

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students with a high school diploma and a 3.3 or higher high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be automatically admitted to WIU. 
  • Western is one of just two public institutions in the state that are test-optional in regard to college admissions. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15870 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    15870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15870 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Macomb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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