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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemical Science

Program Mission

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Chemistry is dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of undergraduate students with the necessary understanding of chemical principles to become successful, contributing members of their social, professional and/or occupational communities.

Students entering the Forensic Chemical Science Program come from diverse backgrounds and may apply their acquired chemical skills in equally diverse occupations over the span of their career. The Department of Chemistry addresses this diversity by focusing on individual student interests and strengths through personal advising, small class sizes, individual instruction, hands-on experience with scientific instrumentation, intern appointments, and guided undergraduate forensic research. The Chemistry Department faculty is itself diverse and exemplifies commitment to learning and contributing by engaging in scientific research, collaborating with forensic scientists, presenting and publishing, as well as volunteering to improve the quality of living in the larger Topeka community.

Beginning courses are designed to give the student an awareness and understanding of scientific chemical principles and problems. Advanced courses in Forensic Chemical Science are planned to meet the specialized needs of students interested in careers in forensic laboratories, which may include graduate studies.


The new Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) lab is located on the Washburn campus (opened in November 2015):
KBI Building
Instrumentation in the Chemistry Department
From the Topeka Capital Journal:

"New KBI facility to benefit agency, Washburn" (October 30, 2015)


Degree Requirements

University requirements and a minimum of 41 hours in the major including the following courses:

Course Number 

Course Title 

Credit Hours

CH 103  Introduction to Forensic Chemistry  3
CH 151  Fundamentals of Chemistry I  5
CH 152  Fundamentals of Chemistry II  5
CH 203  Forensic Chemistry Lab  2
CH 320  Analytical Chemistry  3
CH 321  Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  1
CH 340  Organic Chemistry I  3
CH 341  Organic Chemistry II  3
CH 342  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  2
CH 343  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  2
CH 346  Instrumental Analysis  2
CH 350  Biochemistry I  3
CH 351  Biochemistry Laboratory I  2
CH 391  Chemistry Seminar  1
CH 393  Internship  4
Presentation of portfolio of instrumentation results prior to the semester of graduation.

Cognate Course Requirements within Natural Sciences

BI 102  General Cellular Biology  5
BI 255  Human Physiology  4
BI 301  General Microbiology  4
BI 333  General Genetics  4
BI 353  Molecular Genetics  3
BI 354  Molecular Biology Laboratory  3

PS 261 or

PS 281 

College Physics I or

General Physics I 


PS 262 or

PS 282 

College Physics II or

General Physics II 

MA 140  Statistics  3
MA 151  Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  5

Cognate Course Requirements outside Natural Sciences

CJ 410  Criminal Procedure and Evidence  3
CJ 415  Forensic Science in Criminal Justice  3
AN 316  Forensic Anthropology  3