​​​Forensic Chemistry​

Forensic science simply refers to the use of sciences to examine physical evidence in criminal cases. Many fields have a forensic subdiscipline (e.g., forensic account, forensic anthropology). Forensic chemistry plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing scientifically-based information through the analysis of physical evidence using chemical techniques. Our forensic chemistry major will provide you with an educational, ethical and scientific background needed to pursue careers such as:
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Seized Drug Analyst
  • Arson and Explosives Investigator
  • Firearms Examiner
  • Pattern Analyst (e.g., Fingerprints, Trace Evidence)
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Research Scientist (private sector and government)

Our Program​

The forensic chemistry major was built upon the rigorous accreditation specifications of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. It is designed for students who are pursuing a career working with drugs or unknown substances and who are interested in trace evidence analysis of paint, glass, fibers, hairs, latent prints, or firearms. Our curriculum provides flexibility and allows you to focus your studies on your interests and career goals. Click here to view all forensic science courses offered.

We have strong collaborative ties with other academic departments such as chemistry and pharmacy which allows students to pursue double majors or minors that complement a forensic science education. 

With top-notch laboratories on campus, highly experienced faculty, and undergraduate research opportunities, you will have the knowledge and experience needed to pursue graduate school or land a position within a forensic laboratory following graduation.

Top-Notch Laboratory Space

If you haven't visited the University of Findlay yet, we strongly encourage you to schedule a visit to see our laboratory space you will get to work in as a forensic science major. You will gain hands-on experience in our very own crime lab, which is comparable to many national crime laboratories.


The most important advice I can give prospective majors is to get a strong science foundation. It is nothing like what you see on television. Working in forensic​ science is science-based.

​​-Corrisa (Thomas) Wobler '09, Forensic Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Justice

Experiential Learning & Student Engagement

Our students thrive because of our experiential learning-based program design. You will learn hands-on throughout the program and have opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art forensic science lab. Forensic science majors have opportunities to explore other areas of interest within the field, such as latent fingerprints, firearms examination, forensic anthropology and forensic entomology. 

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club

At Findlay, there are many clubs and organizations offered on campus that you can get involved in. With nearly 80, you’re sure to find people that share your interests including the student-run Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club.  
  • ​​Ride- alongs with local police agencies
  • Active participation in real-life law enforcement scenarios through utilization of Firearm Training Simulators
  • Stimulating conversations with professionals and experts in the criminal justice field
  • Tours of male and female prisons and jails and area crime labs

Delta Delta Epsilon

Delta Delta Epsilon is a National Forensic Science Honor Society. The activities of the Society are designed to stimulate academic achievement, promote community understanding and advance the fields of forensic science. 

Students must have declared a major in forensic science or related field and have completed at least 37.5 of the total hours/credits required for the degree. Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.​


Graduates of our Forensic Science Program have found employment at a variety of agencies such as:

  • Columbus Police Department Crime Lab

  • ​Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office Crime Lab

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Crime Lab

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division 

  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation

  • Stark County Crime Lab

  • Wisconsin Department of Justice

  • New York State Police Department

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab

  • Palm Beach County, Florida Crime Lab​