Forensic Chemistry


Forensic science is the application of science to the law.

There is a need for highly qualified, forensic scientists with specialized skills. Many crimes involve dyed fibers, colored polymers, paint chips and other materials.

Hence, an understanding of polymers, dyes, fibers, and color science, and the ability to analyze these kinds of trace evidence effectively, is critical to identifying criminals and keeping innocent citizens free.

Our growing forensic science program includes education and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and some of our students undertake summer internships at crime laboratories. Today, a growing number of our graduates work in crime laboratories at either the federal or state level.

We employ our state-of-the-art analytical laboratory to train our students in existing and developing forensic science methods. Polymer and Color Chemistry is a unique Bachelor of Science degree that builds the scientific knowledge, as well as the leadership skills and ethics needed, for work as trace evidence-based forensic scientists. Several of our forensic science courses are part of the degree, and these complement a Minor in Forensic Science. For a specific list of projects please visit faculty pages listed.