Forensic Toxicology involves the analysis of biological samples for the presence of chemicals, toxins, and drugs. Forensic Toxicologists analyze and identify toxic substances that are found in a body post-mortem to help evaluate the physical and mental state in relation to the death. Toxicologists also aide investigation by testing physical evidence found at the crime scene, like a pill bottle, which could contain trace chemical evidence related to the crime.
Skills and Duties
- Develop and oversee experiments conducted in the lab
- Use scientific method to form and test hypotheses
- Analyze and quantify toxins by performing chemical analyses on evidence in laboratory settings
- Generate Toxicology Report
- Interpret possible links between toxicology report and the investigation
- Document and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses
A.S. Degree in Forensic Toxicology
Common Courses: General Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Introduction to Forensic Science
B.S. Degree in Forensic Toxicology
Common Courses: Organic Chemistry, Criminalistics, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Ethics in Criminal Justice Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Disease, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Laboratory Techniques in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and General Genetics.
M.S./ PhD Degree in Forensic Toxicology
Common Courses: Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Serology, DNA Analysis, Human Molecular Biology, Advanced Criminalistics, Forensic Genetics, Criminal Evidence and Investigation
PhD in Forensic Toxicology
Common Courses: Law & Forensic Science, Pattern & Physical Evidence Concepts, Trace Evidence & Microscopic Analysis, Analytical Chemistry, Criminalistics, Pharmacology, and Forensic Pathology.