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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

CHEM170 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

(4.0 credits)

Introduction to Forensic ChemistryThis is an introductory forensic chemistry course investigating the physical and chemical properties of matter. Specific chemical topics include: significant figures, naming compounds, structure of an atom, VSEPR theory, properties of solutions, organic chemistry (functional groups and DNA), thermodynamics, ideal gas law, reaction kinetics, equilibrium and nuclear chemistry. These concepts are linked to criminal cases and how chemical evidence help to solve crimes. Students will also be exposed to forensic techniques and their relevant chemical principles in the laboratory.This course is intended for students in an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts program at receiving institutions to partially fulfill science credits. It is not a prerequisite for higher level chemistry courses.

Lecture Hours: 45

Lab Hours: 22.5