Core courses in the forensic science curriculum offer broad exposure to forensic laboratory equipment and instrumentation, as well as legal issues, expert testimony, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, trace evidence, physical evidence, professional ethics, quality assurance and current topics in research and development within the forensic sciences. Concentrations offered include forensic biology, forensic chemistry/drugs and toxicology, forensic chemistry/trace and forensic physical analysis. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory course work, providing students with significant laboratory and research experience. Several of the laboratory courses are taught by practicing professional forensic scientists at the Virginia Division of Forensic Science Central Laboratory, which is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.
Student learning outcomes
- Students of the Forensic Science (Concentration in Forensic Chemistry - Drugs and Toxicology) program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be able to apply basic principles and laboratory procedures of biology and chemistry to forensic science through focused study in the available concentration options.
- Students will demonstrate capabilities, use, potential and limitations of forensic laboratory theory and techniques.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to perform (report and orally present) independent research in an area of forensic science.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of legal procedure, rules of evidence, ethical and professional duties and responsibilities of the forensic scientist.
- Analysis of Pattern Evidence
- Firearm and Toolmark Identification
- Forensic Evidence and Criminal Procedure
- Instrumentation in Forensic Chemistry
- Forensic Microscopy
- Forensic Serology and DNA Analysis
- Professional Practices and Expert Testimony
- Directed Research in Forensic Science
- Statistical Methods
- Applied Statistics for Forensic Science
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesChemistry Forensic Science Toxicology View 52 other Masters in Toxicology in United States
- Personal statement
- Academic documentation
- Proof of English proficiency
- Additional academic requirements and regulations
- Foreign transcripts
- Financial certification
- Application fee
International25956 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
National25956 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
In-State12618 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.
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