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Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry and chemical methods, using modern analytical equipment, to assist in the identification of unknown materials found at a crime scene. Some examples of forensic chemistry applications include the identification of:
- Illicit drugs or toxins
- Explosives residue (including gunshot residue)
- Synthetic versus natural fibers
"After visiting UNL and meeting some of the faculty and students, I knew right away that this was the group of people I wanted to continue my education with. I have been able to combine my love for the medical field and forensic science through the help of my professors and peers, and choosing to be a part of this program will always be one of the best decisions I’ve made."
In addition to instruction in proper lab techniques and safety, students will also receive hands-on instruction in many lab techniques and methods including:
- Thin layer chromatography
- Quality assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)
Successful completion of the curriculum will provide a strong chemistry and science background.