Forensic Science (Chemistry)
The Forensic Science program at Methodist University is geared towards students interested in pursuing a career in criminal forensic analysis. Criminalists use scientific methods and procedures, such as DNA analysis, chromatography, and infrared resonance imaging, to analyze evidence in criminal investigations. Our cross-curriculum program is strengthened by the collaboration of several departments, including chemistry and physical science, biology, and justice studies. This full spectrum approach prepares our graduates for entry into this fast-growing field.
Common Salary Ranges for Graduates
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for forensic science technicians in North Carolina in 2021 to be $50,980.
Average Tuition Cost
The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Forensic science technicians typically need at least a bachelor’s degree. On-the-job training is typically required, both for those who investigate crime scenes and for those who work in labs.
According to industry experts, forensic science technicians typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as physical science, biology, or forensic science. Fortunately, Methodist University’s forensic science program prepares you for a long and successful career.
The Chemistry major with a concentration in Forensic Science consists of 100-101 credits distributed as follows:
Required Chemistry Courses (8 credits):
- CHE 4100 Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHE 4500 Biochemistry (4 credits)
Select 4 s.h from the following (4 credits):
- CHE 3100 Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHE 3300 Basic Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHE 4000 Medicinal Chemistry (4 credits)
- CHE 4210 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (4 credits)
- CHE 4220 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (4 credits)
- CHE 4600 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
Biology Courses (12 credits):
- BIO 1530 Fund. of Biology I: Intro. to Cellular Bio. (4 credits)
- BIO 2970 or BIO 3960 General Microbiology Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
- BIO 3060 or BIO 3210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Insect Biology (4 credits)
Criminal Justice Courses (18 credits):
- JUS 2420 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credits)
- JUS 3090 Criminology (3 credits)
- JUS 3890 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 credits)
- JUS 4010 The Investigative Process (3 credits)
- JUS 4200 Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice (3 credits)
- JUS 4700* Internship in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
* Under special circumstances and with the written permission of the Criminal Justice and Chemistry Division heads, an appropriate course may replace JUS 4700.