Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to forensic investigation. Illinois Tech is the only university in the Chicago area to offer a B.S. in forensic chemistry. Our degree will provide you with a strong background in both traditional chemistry areas and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental techniques for analysis, detection, and characterization of forensic and controlled substances. You’ll gain systematic training in chemical science and chemical, biochemical, and instrumental analysis for forensic applications. This chemistry-centered forensic science program will prepare you to develop a career in forensic science, forensic medicine, forensic drug analysis, forensic toxicology and DNA analysis, or criminalistics.
Majors will have an opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with chemistry faculty in the areas of biosensors for detection of bio-terrorism chemicals and toxins, computational modeling of nanopore systems, and atomic force microscopy for forensic examination.
Forensic chemists can work in forensic investigation and service labs and crime and drug investigation and enforcement labs in federal, state, or county government agencies including the Chicago division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS), U.S. Army, police departments, departments of public safety, and other crime scene investigation (CSI) labs.