Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to forensic investigations. 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 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 application. 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.
You will have an opportunity to conduct biosensor research with chemistry faculty 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, as well as crime and drug investigations. Other career opportunities include employmemnt at enforcement labs in federal, state, or county government agencies including the Chicago division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Forensic Sciences, U.S. Army, police departments, departments of public safety, and other crime scene investigation labs.