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Forensic Chemistry, B.Sc.

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  • 48 months
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Sault Sainte Marie, MI, United States
The B.S. in Forensic Chemistry from Lake Superior State University combines elements of criminal justice and biology with a strong chemistry program. The forensic chemist analyzes and interprets materials collected at crime scenes, accidents, and at sites of terrorist activities.
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Overview

The Forensic Chemistry degree is offered in response to strong student, state and local government demand for an undergraduate academic program to prepare students for careers in forensic chemistry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 Occupational Outlook Handbook, forensic science technicians will grow much faster than average.

Graduates with a bachelor of science in forensic chemistry work in forensic laboratories for federal, state, or local government agencies or in some cases, work for private investigative laboratories. Some graduates may also go on to pursue a graduate degree.

The Chemistry Program at Lake Superior State University is now accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).  According to the 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimator, more people are employed as chemists and chemical technicians than in any other job classification in the life and physical science occupations. 

With many free electives and a common general education core, a chemistry degree can also be used in combination with other majors or minors such as pre-professional (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, law, etc.), engineering, business, biology, and many more to match student interest and career plans.

Career

Graduates with a bachelor of science in chemistry work in many disciplines and industries, and many proceed on to graduate school in natural sciences, medicine, law, or engineering.  Internships in chemistry are encouraged where students can gain valuable real-world work experience while gaining college credit.  

In addition, students pursuing the ACS certified degree will participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty members to address meaningful chemical-based problems.  These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.

The Lake Superior State University chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society, and may provide a certified degree in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Pre-Professional Chemistry degrees if a student chooses this track.  Graduates completing the prescribed requirements are awarded an ACS certificate signifying their completion of the approved degree and can qualify for membership in the Society upon graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Admission for new freshmen and transfer students will typically close by the Friday before classes begin.

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • General Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Junior Seminar
  • Forensic Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Senior Seminar
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Senior Project
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra and Numeral Apps Engineers
  • Calculus Applications for Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Investigation
  • Substantive Law
  • Procedural Law
  • Criminalistics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit your online application for free!
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit test scores (optional).  Test scores will be considered supplemental information and will not impact an admissions decision.
  • If you have college credit through transfer, dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), or early college programming, please submit an official transcript for each college or university that you’ve attended.
  • Health Insurance Requirements (only for international students)
  • Immigration Form (I-20) (only for international students)
  • Each student that receives a form I-20 will receive a unique SEVIS ID number assigned to him/her. The ID number and the I-20 form itself are used to obtain an F-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.  (only for international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sault Sainte Marie

  • 1000 - 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

More than 90% of full-time students receive aid.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 are available to high school graduates and Michigan community college graduates. Students must be admitted to LSSU by March 1 for consideration.

LSSU participates in most federal and state financial aid programs.

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