Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)


Chemistry Department

Bachelor of Science (HEGIS 1999.20)

Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited

Science Building 267 (716) 878-5204

Forensic chemistry is a program of professional study whose graduates are prepared to assume entry-level positions as forensic scientists in federal, state, local, and corporate laboratories.

Admission Requirements

Prospective majors must complete CHE 111, CHE 112, and CHE 114 (or the equivalents) with minimum grades of C before applying to the program. Students who have not yet met these requirements will be accepted into the pre-forensic chemistry program (FRCW) and will be formally admitted to the major upon completion of the previously stated requirements.

Admission Recommendations

Transfer students from two-year colleges should also have earned credit for courses equivalent to CHE 201, CHE 202, CHE 203, CHE 204, MAT 161, MAT 162, MAT 163, MAT 164, PHY 111, and PHY 112 (or BIO 211) to avoid possible delays in the completion of the degree program. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 10 credit hours in chemistry at Buffalo State. Chemistry courses taken elsewhere may be substituted for similar courses at Buffalo State only if they have equivalent prerequisites. Chemistry courses not meeting this criterion may be transferred as elective credit.

Important Note: Individuals seeking an internship or employment in a forensic science laboratory may be required to undergo an extensive background check including a lie detector test, fingerprinting, and drug testing.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Chemistry

32 cr

CHE 111

Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)

CHE 112

Fundamentals of Chemistry II (3)

CHE 114

Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

CHE 201

Organic Chemistry I

CHE 202

Organic Chemistry II

CHE 203

Organic Chemistry Laboratories I (1)

CHE 204

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

CHE 301

Analytical Chemistry (4)

CHE 331

Principles of Physical Chemistry

CHE 403

Instrumental Analysis (4)

CHE 470

Biochemistry I

CHE 471

Biochemical Techniques (2)

Total Required Credit Hours in Forensic Science

15 cr

FOR 122

Scientific Criminal Evidence Analysis

FOR 312

Chemistry and Criminalistics (4)

FOR 412

Internship in Criminalistics

FOR 414

Forensic Chemistry Laboratory

FOR 416

Optical Microscopy (2)

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology

8 cr

BIO 214

Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

BIO 303

Genetics (4)



BIO 350

Genes in Populations (4)

Upper Division Elective Courses in the Major

7-9 cr

Select at least 7 credits from the following:

ANT 324

The Human Skeleton

ANT 325

Forensic Anthropology

BIO 305

Molecular Biology (4)

BIO 308

Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIO 309

Laboratory in Human Anatomy and Physiology (1)

BIO 314

Advanced Cell Biology (4)

BIO 316

General Microbiology (4)

BIO 450

Recombinant DNA Technology (4)

CHE 310

Literature in Chemistry (1)

CHE 360

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

CHE 406

Analytical Toxicology (2)

CHE 472

Biochemistry II

GES 360

Forensic Geoscience

PSY 375

Forensic Psychology

FOR 412

Internship in Criminalistics (2nd)



FOR 495

Special Project in Forensics

FOR 497

Forensic Microcourse

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields

23 cr

MAT 161

Calculus I (4)

MAT 162

Calculus II (4)

MAT 163

Using Technology to Explore Calculus I (1)

MAT 164

Using Technology to Explore Calculus II (1)

MAT 311

Introductory Probability and Statistics

PHY 111

University Physics I (5)

PHY 112

University Physics II (5)

All College Electives

2 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 - 126 cr

Academic Road Map for Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

Student Learning Outcomes for Forensic Chemistry, B.S.

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Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies