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Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

The Forensic Chemistry emphasis prepares a student for work in a forensic laboratory. A forensic chemist is a professional chemist who analyzes evidence that is brought in from crime scenes and reaches a conclusion based on tests run on that piece of evidence. Classes deal with fingerprint and bloodstain pattern analysis, chemical trace analysis, impression evidence, etc. as well as criminal law. 

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

Use modern scientific instruments and interpret results
Apply principles used in chemistry to solve everyday problems
Think analytically
Use problem solving skills
Categorize information
Apply learned math skills
Develop laboratory skills

Total Program Credits: 124

General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
 or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values (3.0)  
 or PHIL 205H Ethics and Values (3.0)  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  
Distribution Courses:
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 1 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 2 4
  Fine Arts 3
Complete one of the following sets of distribution courses, dependant on your choice of emphasis: 6.0 For the Professional Chemistry or Biochemistry Emphases: 6
For the Professional Chemistry or Biochemistry Emphases:  
  Humanities    
  Social/Behavioral Science  
For the Forensic Chemistry Emphasis:  
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking (3.0)  
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3.0)  
Discipline Core Requirements: 49 Credits
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 3 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 4 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry 2
  CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
  CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  CHEM 3605 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  CHEM 4000 Instrumental Analysis 2
  CHEM 4005 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
  CHEM 4920 Chemistry Capstone I 1
  CHEM 4930 Chemistry Capstone II 1
  CHEM 4940 Chemistry Capstone III 1
  CHEM 4950 Chemistry Capstone IV 1
  CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
  CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
  CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
Emphasis Requirements: 31 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3060 Physical Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 3065 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3700 Forensic Analytical Chemistry 3
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
Forensic Requirements:
  CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  CHEM 482R Chemistry Internship (3.0) (Strongly recommended)  
  CHEM 3100 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4.0)  
  CHEM 3020 Environmental Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 4030 Radiochemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 4600 Structure Determination (3.0)  
  CHEM 4605 Structure Determination Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 496R Special Topics in Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 495R Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 499R Independent Study and Research (1.0)  
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 4 Credits
Complete 4 credits from the following recommended courses: 4
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology (3.0)
  BIOL 3405 Cell Biology Laboratory (1.0)  
  BIOL 3500 Genetics (3.0)
  BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Laboratory  (1.0)
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology (3.0)
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics (3.0)
  FSCI 3500 Footwear and Tire Mark Evidence and Examination (3.0)
  FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I (3.0)
  FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II (3.0)
  FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing (3.0)
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination (3.0)
  FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3.0)
  FSCI 3800 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime (3.0)
  FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I (3.0)
  FSCI 3850 Marijuana Identification Certificate (3.0)
  FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy (3.0)
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions (3.0)
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory (1.0)  
  MICR 3450 General Microbiology (3.0)  
  MICR 3455 General Microbiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0)
  ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)  
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology (3.0)  
  ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  Or other Courses in consultation with the Department Academic Advisor

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 124 semester credits with a minimum of 40 upper-division credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above with a minimum of 2.25 in Major.
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. A minimum of 54 credit hours must be in the major with a minimum of 20 credits taken at UVU. A minimum of 28 chemistry credits must be upper-division.
  6. Complete all chemistry and physics courses with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
 Footnote:
1 To be taken with  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  
2 To be taken with  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory  
3 To be taken with  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I  
4 To be taken with  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1210* Calculus I 5
CJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
You Choose American Institutions 3
You Choose Fine Arts 3
  Semester total: 17
Note: *MATH 1050 and MATH 1060 are not required for the major but are often completed as necessary pre-requisites for MATH 1210.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  Semester total: 13
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610
College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology Lab 1
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
You Choose Fitness for Life or Personal Health & Wellness 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I 4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I Lab 1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 4920 Chemistry Capstone I 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II 4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II Lab 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry 2
CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 4930 Chemistry Capstone II 1
CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
You Choose Other Electives ** 4
You Choose Chemistry Electives *** (CHEM 482R Recommended) 3
  Semester total: 17
Note: **Choose from BIOL 3400, BIOL 3405, BIOL 3500 , BIOL 3515, BIOL 3550, BIOL 4450, BIOL 4455, FSCI 3400, FSCI 3500, FSCI 3540, FSCI 3550, FSCI 3700, FSCI 3720, FSCI 3780, FSCI 3800, FSCI 3820, FSCI 3850, FSCI 3860, MICR 2060, MICR 3450, MICR 3455, ZOOL 2320, or ZOOL 2420
Note: ***Choose from CHEM 3020, CHEM 3060, CHEM 3100, CHEM 3300, CHEM 4600, CHEM 4605, CHEM 482R, CHEM 495R, CHEM 496R, or CHEM 499R
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3060 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 3065 Physical Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
CHEM 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 4940 Chemistry Internship 1
CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3700 Forensic Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 4000 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4005 Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
CHEM 4950 Chemistry Capstone IV 1
CHEM 489R Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 17
  Degree total: 124

Department

Name: Chemistry
Location: PS 230
Telephone: 801-863-6295
Email: hancocke@uvu.edu
Web Address: www.uvu.edu/chemistry/
Chair: Fern Caka
 
 

Mission Statement

The Chemistry Department is dedicated to providing a high quality chemistry education for the students at Utah Valley University. The department offers a wide variety of classes to support other departments and to provide excellent training leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education. The chemistry faculty is committed to encouraging students to learn and to do research not only in their course work, but in their lifelong careers.

 
 

Chemistry

  • Department Chair: Fern Caka
  • Telephone: 801-863-8581
  • Email: FernC@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Kellie D. Hancock
  • Telephone: 801-863-6295
  • Email: hancocke@uvu.edu

Advisors:


Pre-Health Professions Counseling:

Staff:

Chemical Hygiene/Safety Officer: Craig Moore
Lab Manager/Instructor, Inorganic Chemistry: Tom Strangfeld
Lab Manager/Instructor, Organic Chemistry: Bryan Cunningham
Manager, Central Stock Room: Keshar Tamrakar

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a bachelor degree in Chemistry will be prepared to work in industry or pursue a graduate degree in chemistry. Current employment opportunities for graduates in Chemistry programs are good. Additionally, the Biochemistry emphasis is an excellent degree for those preparing to attend medical school, dental school, pharmacy school or other advanced degrees in the health professions.

Graduates with a bachelor degree in Chemistry Education will be prepared to teach chemistry in junior and senior high. Current employment opportunities for graduates from Chemistry Education programs are excellent.

Programs

Students may receive:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Forensic Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Professional Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education

Admission Requirements

A student who wants to pursue a chemistry major should meet with the department chair or chemistry advisor for advisement.

 
 

Faculty

Calvin Bond(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, Ph.D., Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, University of Maryland.

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Fern Caka(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Stephen Chamberland(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry, Boston College; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine.

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Asmahan El Ezzi(2009)

Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, AL-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya; Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, Rennes I University, Rennes, France.

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Gamini Gunawardena(1996)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., General Science, Ruhuna University; M.S., Chemistry, Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Utah.

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Merrill Halling(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Utah.

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Young Ham(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



M.S., Organic Chemistry, Hanyang University, Korea; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Purdue University.

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Moana Hopoate-Sitake(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, Weber State University; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Horn(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.A., Chemistry, Lawrence University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago.

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Elena Laricheva(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Analytical Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Ph.D., Computational Chemistry, Bowling Green State University.

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Sally Rocks(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.A., Chemistry, Bucknell University; M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Rochester.

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James Shurtleff(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, M.B.A., Business Administration, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Craig Thulin(2006)

Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.A., Biology, University of Utah; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Washington.

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Mark Wathen(2014)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, M.S., Organic Chemistry, Utah State University; Ph.D., Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado.

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Lilia White(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



M.S., Chemical Engineering, Moscow University of Chemical Technology.

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Bruce Wilson(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Chemistry (minor Physics), Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Chemistry, Texas A&M University.

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Ming Yu(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemical Engineering, Heilongjiang University, China; Ph.D., Chemistry, Colorado State University.

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