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University adds forensic chemistry minor

A few months ago, we reported that, thanks to the popularity of top-rated TV shows CSI and CSI: Miami, universities are seeing a rise in chemistry enrollment and developing more forensic science courses.

Taking advantage of what Dr. Robin Reed, assistant professor and chair of the chemistry department, calls the CSI phenomenon, the University is adding a new minor in forensic chemistry.
A few months ago, we reported that, thanks to the popularity of top-rated TV shows “CSI” and “CSI: Miami,” universities are seeing a rise in chemistry enrollment and developing more forensic science courses.

Taking advantage of what Dr. Robin Reed, assistant professor and chair of the chemistry department, calls the “CSI phenomenon,” the University is adding a new minor in forensic chemistry.

The minor is designed to allow students to apply for a position in a forensic science lab (although additional requirements may exist), according to Dr. Carrie Brennan, assistant professor of chemistry.

The courses include General Chemistry I or II (or the equivalent), Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis or Inorganic Chemistry, Brief Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I, Introduction to Forensic Science (a new course) and one of the following classes: Fundamentals of Clinical Analysis, Biostatistics or Recombinant DNA Technology.
—Rebecca Mackey