Forensic Chemistry Curriculum

UNL Forensic Science - Chemistry

This curriculum represents the current courses required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science under the Forensic Chemistry option. This degree is designed as a four-year degree that requires the completion of 120 credit hours. (See Forensic Chemistry: 4-Year Plan)

Please follow this link to download a 2017-2018 Forensic Science Curriculum Checklist

General Degree Requirements

The following basic courses are required for a bachelor of science in forensic science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options.

College Integrative Course (3)
SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World (3)

Forensic Science Core (13)
CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice (3)
FORS 120 Introduction to Forensic Science (2)
FORS 120L Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory (1)
FORS 200 Forensic Science Seminar (1)
FORS 411 Overiew of Comparative Analysis Lab (3)
FORS 485 Current Issues in Forensic Science (3)

Natural Sciences (25)
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
LIFE 120 and 120L Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
LIFE 121 and 121L Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5)

Mathematics and Analytical Skills (8)
MATH 106 Calculus I (5)
STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3)

Communication (6)
Written Communication (3)
  Select from: ENGL 150, 151, 254; JGEN 120, 200, 300
Communications and Interpersonal Skills (3)
  Select from: ALEC 102; COMM 101, 209, 210, 215, 283, 286; JGEN 300; MRKT 257; NRES 260; TMFD 121

Economics (3)
ECON 200, 211, or 212 (3)

Humanities and Social Sciences (9)
Students should also choose one course each in ACE areas 5, 7 and 9 as Humanities and Social Science Electives. Click here to learn more about the ACE requirements, which are UNL's general education requirements.

Forensic Chemistry Option Requirements

This option focuses on techniques used for chemical analysis of forensically important materials and non-biological evidence.

Forensic Chemistry Requirements (40 credits)
BIOC 321 and 321L Elements of Biochemistry (4)
BIOS 213 and 213L Human Physiology (4)
CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis (4)
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHEM 421 Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHEM 423 Analytical Chemistry Lab (2)
CHEM 471 Physical Chemistry
(4)
FORS 307 Forensic DNA for CSI
(3)
FORS 498 Special Topics in Forensic Science (3)
MATH 107
Calculus II (4)
PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II
(5)

Restricted Electives (3-4)
Choose One of the Following:
FORS 300 Forensic Taphonomy (3)
FORS 445 Human Remains in Forensic Science (4)
FORS 446 Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological, and Forensic Science
(4)
Any 300-Level or above: AGRO, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, ENTO, PHYS, or MATH 208

Additional Professional Electives (9-10)

Forensic Science UNL - Forensic Chemistry