Forensic Drug Chemistry

Forensic Drug Chemistry involves the analysis of controlled substances in relation to criminal investigations or drug crime trends. Drug evidence may be in the form of plant materials, liquids, or paraphernalia. Drug Chemists analyze new compounds to determine the processes and materials that are used to manufacture them, as well as their effects on the physiology of users. Chemists strive to produce detection methods and treatment systems that will minimize illegal use of controlled substances.

  • Determine the identity of unknown substances
  • Conduct tests to measure concentrations of controlled substances
  • Generate laboratory and toxicology reports
  • Interpret possible links between toxicology report and the investigation
  • Document and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses

A.S. Degree in Chemistry  
Common Courses: General Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Introduction to Forensic Science

B.S. Degree in Chemistry  
Common Courses: Organic Chemistry, Criminalistics, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Laboratory Techniques in Pharmacology and Toxicology

M.S./ PhD Degree in Forensic Drug Chemistry  
Common Courses: Toxic Substances, Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs, Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Biotransformation, Applied Statistics for Data Analysis

PhD in Forensic Toxicology
Common Courses: Law & Forensic Science, Advanced Synthesis Labs, Chemical Research, Medicinal Chemistry/Toxicology, Analytical Chemistry, Criminalistics, Pharmacology, Forensic Pathology, Pattern & Physical Evidence Concepts