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Forensic ChemistryMajor

We're a national leader in forensic science education and research. Our graduates work in law enforcement and forensic science laboratories across the country.

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Among the five most innovative forensic laboratories in the U.S.

Overview

What is Forensic Chemistry at WVU like?

Description

For the past 20 years, the WVU Department of Forensic and Investigative Science has been a national leader in forensic science education and research. Collectively, our dedicated faculty has decades of experience in forensic laboratories from across the U.S. and the world. Our graduates are working every day to make a difference.

This accredited program prepares students for in-demand careers in forensic chemistry and related fields. The focus is hands-on analytical methodology and instrumentation in the forensic context. The rigorous scientific core of the program provides excellent preparation for graduate work in forensic science, forensic chemistry or toxicology and related disciplines.

Forensic Chemistry program highlights:

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Fast Facts

What makes Forensic Chemistry at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Research collaborations across the University with chemistry, biology, engineering and statistics
  • Internship placements with local, state and federal forensic science and law enforcement agencies
  • Support for students to attend and present at local and national meetings.
  • Extensive undergraduate research opportunities with renowned faculty members
  • Numerous distinguished guest speakers
  • Direct access to the equipment and instrumentation used in forensic science laboratories and law enforcement agencies

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Forensic Chemistry. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • FIS 201: Introduction to Forensic Identification
  • FIS 202: Crime Scene Investigation Overview

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Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Our graduates work in local, state, county, city and federal law enforcement and forensic science laboratories across the country. Some go on to obtain graduate and professional degrees in forensic science and related disciplines. Our placement rate typically is at least 90%, which is a testament to our reputation in the field.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Forensic Chemistry major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Courses

What are the courses like in Forensic Chemistry at WVU?

FIS 340:
Forensic Chemical Analysis

Students develop critical thinking, writing and communication skills related to fundamental concepts of analytical instrumentation and its application to the forensic discipline.

FIS 452:
Arson and Explosives Analysis Lab

Develops laboratory skills related to chemical analysis of ignitable liquids, explosives and post-combustion residues. Emphasis on instrumental methods of analysis, including various forms of chromatography and mass spectrometry and extensive hands-on experience interpreting data derived from analyzing ignitable liquid residues and explosives.

FIS 460:
Analysis of Seized Drugs

341 and PR or CONC: FIS 461 with a minimum grade of C- in each. Develops students� abilities to properly conduct seized drug analyses, including: 1) the history and origin of drugs of abuse; 2) the appropriate handling and storage of evidence/samples; 3) selecting appropriate analytical schemes for the identification of seized drugs; 4) the scheduling of controlled substances; 5) techniques to understand the synthetic pathways and distribution networks

FIS 470:
Analytical Forensic Toxicology

Application of fundamental principles of mode(s) of action of different drugs, the primary mechanisms of drug administration and distribution, drug metabolism and the excretion of xenobiotics. Current and historical cases.

Cost and Aid

How much does Forensic Chemistry at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
International
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
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Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Forensic Chemistry. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • FIS 201: Introduction to Forensic Identification
  • FIS 202: Crime Scene Investigation Overview

Learn About Our HS ACCESS Early College Program

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Forensic Chemistry at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Forensic Chemistry major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2020-21 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For direct admission to the Forensic Chemistry program:
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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