Chemistry is by its nature interdisciplinary, drawing on both mathematics and physics to understand basic principles and helping to inform the understanding of structure and reactivity in biological systems. As such, in addition to chemistry, students demonstrate competency in calculus, physics, and biochemistry. Students major in chemistry have the option to have an ACS certified degree as well as attain a secondary education certification.
Forensic science seeks to use science to answer legal questions. Drawing on the strengths of the college's chemistry, computer science, and criminal justice programs, the forensic science major is based around core classes in science and criminal justice as well as courses in computer forensics, statistics, image processing, and other electives.
The department engages students in a variety of learning experiences that integrate the teaching and research laboratories with the classroom.
Laboratories are integral to our curriculum, in both a class and research context. Hands-on learning is emphasized in most courses and students use modern instrumentation in laboratory classes beginning freshman year. Our classes and labs sections are small, enabling closer contact between the faculty member and our students. Students are strongly encouraged to carry out research under the supervision of a faculty member or internships supervised by an external supervisor.
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Briana Capistran '16
"My education trained me to look at the legal issues in my cases with a scientific eye, which means I view reports and evidence more critically."