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Forensic Chemistry is the application of chemistry research to law enforcement—the analysis and presentation of chemical evidence in the criminal court system.

The Facts

As a forensic chemistry student at MNU, you’ll take challenging courses in chemistry and biology, supported by plenty of hands-on experience in the laboratory. And since solving crimes isn’t just about what happens beneath the microscope but also what happens in the courtroom, you’ll also develop an understanding of the ethical and legal issues involved in forensic investigation.

Our high-tech chemistry labs are equipped with leading-edge equipment like a gas chromatograph, high performance liquid chromatograph, comparison microscopy, infrared, ultraviolet and atomic absorption spectrometers—instruments used in crime labs around the country. Small lab sizes and several instrument-based classes ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments and gain experience with lab technology and techniques—beginning your freshman year

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"We used the equipment and materials that Crime Scene Investigator [Lisa] Tator uses on the job. The final crime scene [used as the final exam] brought everything we learned in lecture and hands-on learning together. This is by far the best class I have taken in my college career."

Jasmine Ribble on Criminal Forensics

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“I love that we can provide an academically rigorous program with small class sizes, strong relationships with local crime labs, and a focus on student learning."

Jordan Mantha, PhD
Assistant professor.

Our expert professors have a passion for chemistry and the law. Faculty care deeply about the learning and personal development of each and every chemistry major. You will not be a number, you will be mentored. You’ll find the small classes, close relationships with PhD faculty, essential friendships with fellow students and a faith perspective is a perfect fit.

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Forensic Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Lab Instruments

At MNU you can expect to use both "wet laboratory" techniques and modern instruments for chemical analysis. Some of the instruments you will use are:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AA)
  • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Infrared Spectrometer (IR)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR)
  • Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrometer (UV/Vis)
Forensic Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.


Touching every aspect of forensic chemistry, you could become a(n): 

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Crime Lab Director
Trace Evidence Analyst

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Analytical Chemist

Firearms Examiner
Food Chemist
Drug Chemist

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