Forensic Science (Chemistry)

Forensic Science

The Department of Chemistry & Physical Science’s concentration in Forensic Science is geared toward 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.

Please Note: The Department of Justice Studies offers a major and a minor in Applied Forensic Science.

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science

The Chemistry major with a concentration in Forensic Science consists of 100-101 s.h. distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CHE 4100 Forensic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4500 Biochemistry (4 s.h.)

Chemistry Elective

Select 4 s.h from the following:

  • CHE 3100 Inorganic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4210 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4220 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4300 Environmental Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4600 Advanced Biochemistry (4 s.h.)

Required Biology Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I: Intro to Cellular Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2970 or General Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3110 Plant Taxonomy (4 s.h.) or BIO 3210 Insect Biology (4 s.h.)

Required Justice Studies Courses

  • JUS 2420 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3090 Criminology (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3890 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4010 The Investigative Process (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4200 Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4700* Internship in Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)

* Under special circumstances and with the written permission of the Justice Studies and Chemistry Department chairs, an appropriate course may replace JUS 4700.

Contact the Chemistry Program

Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7457
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Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Hooper Marosek has several research interests. She is involved in forensic research with our Applied Forensic Science department. She utilizes chemical instrumentation to analyze gunshot residue (GSR) on T-shirt samples, the age of dried bloodstains, and hemoglobin and certain proteins in human bones. Some of Dr. Hooper’s work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Research.

Dr. Hooper Marosek is also involved in research that is applicable to the fields of athletic training and exercise science. She has analyzed the content of several sports drinks and various products utilized by athletes to alleviate muscle cramps during practice, sport, or competition. These findings are under review for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Hooper has served as a forensic consultant. She has worked with legal teams in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. She has published several chapters in a collaborative book with other forensic experts to educate law enforcement officials and attorneys about the science of drug and alcohol testing.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include clog dancing (recreational and competitive), music (clarinet, piano), art, sports, forensics, being a mom, Gamecock sports, chemistry, puzzles (crosswords, soduku). She is married and has daughter, a dog, and a cat.


(910) 630-7457
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