The Forensic Science option in Chemistry at UMass Lowell stresses the application of physical sciences to criminal investigations, offering students the opportunity to gain needed expertise while obtaining real-world experiences. This is the only forensics undergraduate degree program at a public university in Massachusetts.

Why choose the forensic science option in chemistry at UMass Lowell?

Graduates of this program will receive an American Chemical Society-certified degree in chemistry, which enhances opportunities for a career in the chemistry and forensic science fields with the potential for employment in the growing field of antiterrorism. 

Graduates of this program are also well-prepared to enter graduate programs in chemistry and forensic science at colleges and universities across the country.

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Courses You'll Take

There is no additional course requirement for students enrolling in the Forensic Science program compared with the General Chemistry program. Students will take criminal justice and forensic chemistry courses to fulfill their free elective course requirements.

Required courses offered by the Department of Chemistry:

  • Forensic Science I and II
Required courses offered by the School of Criminology & Justice Studies:
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminalistics I and II
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Research Opportunities

The chemistry faculty welcomes undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate research is a rewarding experience that can help you develop independence and discover your passions. You will also gain opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued in the workplace and at graduate schools.

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World-Class Facilities & Equipment

Gain access to modern instrumentation and equipment to provide hands-on experience with cutting-edge techniques, including: 

  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Inductively coupled-mass spectrometry
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • High-performance liquid chromatography
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Career Options

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

In addition, about 90 percent of forensic chemists work in labs associated with:

  • Federal, state or local police department
  • Medical examiner’s office
  • Forensic services lab 
  • Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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