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Cooperative program leading to the Associate of Science Degree and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Chemistry at Sam Houston State University

The Department of Chemistry at Sam Houston State University is committed to providing an educational environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual development, and the acquisition of a foundation of knowledge and techniques required of professional forensic chemists. The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. 

Students completing the major in Forensic Chemistry may pursue opportunities in various forensic labs across the country, or can continue their education either in the graduate program in Forensic Science, or in graduate programs that are more traditional.

Participants of 2+2 programs at community colleges are especially welcome and encouraged to complete the Forensic Bachelor of Science degree at Sam Houston State University.  Additional information may be found at the Department of Chemistry.  

Department Contact: Donovan C. Haines
Phone: 936-294-1530
Location: CFS 317A

 Courses Transfer Students Should Take:*

SHSU Course NumberCollege/TCCN SHSU Course Title Semester Credit Hours
BIOL 1406BIOL 1406General Biology I4
BIOL 1407BIOL 1407General Biology II4
CHEM 1411CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2123CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 2125CHEM 2125Organic Chemistry II: Lab1
CHEM 2323CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I: Lecture3
CHEM 2325CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II: Lecture3
CHEM 2401Quantitative Analysis4
MATH 1420MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 1430MATH 2414Calculus II4
PHYS 1101PHYS 1101General Physics Laboratory I1
PHYS 1102PHYS 1102General Physics Laboratory II1
PHYS 1301PHYS 1301General Phy-Mechanics & Heat3
PHYS 1302PHYS 1302Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag3

*Note: Other courses may transfer, depending upon the selected degree or program.  For a complete listing of degree-specific requirements, please, review the degree plan within the Undergraduate Catalog. This major requires a minor in Criminal Justice or a minor in Forensic Science, each of which have their own course requirements.

In addition to the above courses, all courses in the State of Texas Common Core may be transferred between institutions.  Forensic chemistry majors are not required to complete the 1 hour core requirement where non-majors must select from the choice of 1 hour from ECON, KINE or NGLI.

Students may transfer to SHSU at any time as long as they meet SHSU's admission requirements. Students close to completing the requirements for the associate degree are encouraged to consider the potential advantages of completing the associate degree. One way to accomplish this is to transfer courses taken at SHSU back to the community college to complete degree requirements. Properly selected courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements at both institutions simultaneously. The applicant is encouraged to speak to an academic advisor familiar with the programs of all institutions involved to maximize the amount of transferable credit.

Field of Study 

Sam Houston State University supports the State of Texas Fields of Study

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University (to be used by all incoming students as of fall 2014) contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing nine component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a selection of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The Core Curriculum details Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents for college transfer students which comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.

Many SHSU disciplines including the sciences, business, and education require specific courses from the SHSU core as degree specific graduation requirements. To minimize cost and time to complete degree requirements always select SHSU/transfer core courses specified as degree requirements in your intended major. If you have not decided on a major, select core courses supporting your intended area of academic concentration.

Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major. Selection of major-specified core courses reduces the total number of hours required for graduation.

If you do not see a Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to Transfer Course Equivalency Guide and select your institution from the drop-down menu. The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses from your institution to SHSU courses.