Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to forensic investigations. Illinois Tech is the only university in the Chicago area to offer an undergraduate degree in forensic chemistry.

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Gain a strong background in both traditional chemistry and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental techniques for analysis, detection, and characterization of forensic and controlled substances. Gain systematic training in chemical science and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental analysis for forensic application.

Build a solid foundation to develop a career in forensic science, forensic medicine, forensic drug analysis, forensic toxicology and DNA analysis, or criminalistics through this rigorous chemistry-centered forensic science program.

Conduct biosensor research with chemistry faculty for detection of bioterrorism chemicals and toxins, computational modeling of nanopore systems, and atomic force microscopy for forensic examination.

Program Overview

Gain a strong background in both traditional chemistry and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental techniques for analysis, detection, and characterization of forensic and controlled substances. Gain systematic training in chemical science and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental analysis for forensic application.

Career Opportunities

Forensic chemists can work in forensic investigation and service labs, as well as crime and drug investigations. Other career opportunities include employment at enforcement labs in federal, state, or county government agencies.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Teaching laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist

Students of this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic advisers.