The Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Science at Michigan State University is the oldest forensic science degree program in the nation. We were among the first graduate degrees to be accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and were successfully reaccredited in 2008. Being accredited by FEPAC means that our Program meets the rigorous educational and training requirements defined by the Commission.
Students admitted into the Forensic Science Program choose to specialize in one of three concentrations: forensic anthropology, forensic biology, or forensic chemistry. Students in each concentration complete a total of 38 credits, which are obtained through appropriate core courses, elective courses, and research. During their degree, students also have internship opportunities, as well as opportunities to be involved in casework.
More information on the forensic anthropology and forensic biology concentrations, along with application instructions and guidelines, can be found here. This website describes the forensic chemistry concentration of the Program--we invite you to browse these pages to find out more about us, our research, and our other activities.
Why Forensic Chemistry at MSU?
The Forensic Science Program at MSU is known as the oldest in the country, having been first offered as a major in 1946. Since then, the Program has transformed substantially to meet the needs of our future forensic scientists.
Students in the forensic chemistry concentration are required to take core classes in both forensic science and chemistry. This allows students to further their knowledge of chemistry while using that knowledge in forensic applications. We also offer a series of short courses which students can take as elective credits. These courses expose students to a wide variety of forensic science disciplines, including crime scene documentation, impression evidence, and death investigation.
We place a strong emphasis on research, with each student completing a research project, thesis, and oral defense. Students are in the laboratory from day one and during the two-year program, will spend approximately 18 months working on their own research project. More information on the current projects in our laboratory can be found here. Conducting research allows students to develop the independence and critical thinking that are essential skills for any forensic scientist. Students are provided with funding to present their research at local and national forensic science conferences, giving them opportunities for public speaking, as well as networking with forensic science practitioners. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals. A list of our recent publications can be found here.
We're more than happy to answer any questions you may have so please don't hesitate to contact us.
Forensic Chemistry students at the 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
From left: Suzanne Towner (graduated August 2012), Emily Riddell, Cindy Kaeser, Karlie McManaman (graduated July 2012), Dr. Ruth Smith, Monica Bugeja, Christy Hay, and Drew DeJarnette.