Western Oregon University

Chemistry- Forensic Option 2011-2014

Degree
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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General Education

 

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry 15
CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry *CH 241, 242, 243 Organic Chemistry 15

MTH 251& 252 Calculus I, II

MTH 251 & 252  Calculus I, II

9

MTH 243 Intro. to Probability & Statistics MTH 243 Statistics I 5

PHY 201, 202, & 203 General Physics

OR

PHY 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (calculus)

PHY 201, 202, & 203 General Physics

OR

PHY 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (calculus)

12

 

15

BI 101, 102, & 103 General Biology or

BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology

BI 101, 102, & 103 General Biology or

BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology

12-15

CJ 213 Intro. to Criminal Justice

CJA 111 Intro to Criminal Justice System: Police 3
CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation CJA 214 Criminal Investigation 3
WR 322 Technical Writing WR 227 Technical and Professional Writing 4

*all 3 organic chemistry courses must be completed for the series to transfer to WOU.

Notes

The B.A. requires MTH 252, CS 121 or 161 (PCC’s BA 131 or CAS 133 or CIS 121) and completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined 12 credit hours of course work in mathematics and computer science including MTH 252 and CS 121 or 161 (PCC’s BA 131 or CAS 133 or CIS 121) The sequence PH 201, 202, 203 or PH 211, 212, 213 is to be completed as the LACC science requirement.

Formal admission is required for all students seeking a chemistry or chemistry – forensic chemistry option degree. Typically, application for admission will be made at the end of a student’s sophomore year.

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to criminal investigation. This major is recommended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in criminal investigation, in the laboratory analysis of forensic evidence, or pursue graduate study in forensic science. This course of study would also develop the analytical skills required for careers in other areas of civil law such as environmental pollution, accident investigation and product liability. Due to the nature of forensic investigations, the forensic chemist requires a strong background in chemical analysis and must be able to effectively communicate the results of laboratory analyses in reports and in the courtroom. The curriculum is designed so that the major provides a strong theoretical and experimental background in chemistry as well as written and oral communication skills. This major may only be taken in conjunction with the Forensics minor designated for chemistry majors. The minor provides specialized training in forensics. Students in the program will benefit from experience gained via the required practicum.

Additional Requirements


PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: September 2013