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Forensic Chemistry Major

Earn a degree in forensic chemistry

If you enjoy studying science and have a strong passion for justice, SBU’s new forensic chemistry major may be the perfect fit for you! Studying forensic chemistry will give you a solid foundation in chemistry, while also teaching you how to apply chemistry principles to crime scene evidence testing.

Your forensic chemistry degree will equip you with problem-solving skills and hands-on laboratory training, while helping you develop an understanding of crime scene investigation techniques, evidence collection and preservation, and the correlation between science and law enforcement.

A course in instrumental analysis will teach you how to identify different substances and give you opportunities to practice forensic chemistry. Forensic chemistry majors at SBU also take a lab-based course in analysis of evidence. A combination of chemistry and criminal justice classes will prepare you for a successful career in forensic chemistry.

The forensic chemistry degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Degree Plan

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The SBU Advantage

  • Work alongside expert faculty to conduct research while still an undergraduate student through SBU's Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.
  • Receive on-on-one academic advisement from a chemistry faculty member who will provide personalized guidance to help you achieve your goals.
  • Participate in small lecture and lab class sizes, which allows for more hands-on learning opportunities and closer interactions with faculty and staff.

Faith Integration

SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.

As a forensic chemistry major, you will take a course from the Strait Center — Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith. You will have the option to add a second major in Integration of Science and Christian Faith by taking the other Strait Center courses including: Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.


Forensic chemistry majors have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded scholarships including:

  • Bill Little Chemistry Scholarship
  • Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship
  • James Lightfoot Scholarship