Our Forensic Science track offers extensive training in chemistry and forensics. Students conducting research in forensic chemistry benefit from the use of laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. The International Forensic Research Institute coordinates the research of more than a dozen faculty in chemistry and biology and facilitates research in forensic science.
The program emphasizes the environmental and biomedical aspects of chemistry. Recent investigations have focused on various projects in these two areas. Environmental projects include examining biogeochemistry of environmentally and biomedically important trace elements, such as mercury and arsenic; hydrocarbon speciation in ancient sediments studied by SFC extraction; studies of molecules and airborne particulates of importance to the atmosphere; photocatalytic decomposition of organophosphates; and utilizing spin trapping agents to probe for the presence of free radicals in specimens subjected to adverse conditions. Biomedical research includes synthesis of biologically important molecules in order to probe enzyme mechanisms, theoretical studies of active site of protease enzymes, and dietary influence on the makeup of the macular pigment.
Graduates are prepared for careers in academics, government laboratories (Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and others), government agencies, private labs and industry or as entrepreneurs.