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Chemistry & Forensic Science

Gain knowledge for satisfying careers in technology, research, teaching or healthcare.

Chemist filling a beaker

Build a foundation of modern theory and laboratory skills

As a student in Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science you'll be ready for a career both in and out of pure chemistry. Our graduates are working in medicine, pharmacology, agriculture and soil science, geology, mining and metallurgy, material science, engineering, patent law, pollution control, and ecology.

Take a look at our Department facilities and learn about our top-of-the-line equipment.

Explore our programs


Complete chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics course to prepare for work in the professional field or in a graduate program. You'll work closely with our American Chemical Society chapter throughout your undergrad.

Applied Sciences

The Applied Sciences major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences. Students take a foundation of courses within different disciplines of the sciences before eventually declaring their two focus areas in any of the following fields: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, forensics, health and exercise science, or mathematics.

Biochemistry / Pre-Med

This program is the perfect match if you have a passion for biology, chemistry and the other physical sciences, and includes a certification option through the American Chemical Society.

Forensic Chemistry

Combine classical chemistry knowledge with forensic techniques and criminal justice strategies as you prepare for an exciting career in forensics. This program includes a certification option through the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry (Secondary Education)

You'll prepare for a career in secondary science education through this program. You'll learn about the physical sciences as well as modern pedagogical methods.

Chemistry (Secondary Education - General Science)

Our general science concentration option for secondary chemistry education prepares you to teach in many varied physical science classrooms.

Forensic Science

Our forensic science curriculum combines modern biology and chemistry lectures and laboratory research, and it’s designed to provide depth of specialization in chemistry. 

Pharmaceutical Science / Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Science draws together the fields of biology and chemistry with an ultimate goal of studying drug development. If you are looking for a career that involves using medicine to help others and you enjoy a challenge, this major might be for you.  

Forensic Investigation

This program enables students to develop an understanding of the principles and techniques utilized by forensic practitioners during criminal investigations and at the crime scene. As a forensic investigation student, you will gain a practical understanding of the capabilities and limitations of scientific analyses of physical evidence.

Forensic Biology

As a forensic biology student, you will be prepared to pursue forensic/crime laboratory careers or admission to post-graduate programs. Through this program, you can apply your skills and interests while growing your expertise within the forensic science services industry.

Chemical Engineering

This program provides students with a strong foundation of modern theory and laboratory skills for chemistry options in engineering. Students are also prepared for advanced study in chemistry or medicine.

The WU advantage

Professional facilities

Our chemistry facilities have been recently remodeled to match professional forensic and chemistry laboratories. You'll have access to these areas as early as your freshman year.

Practical knowledge

WU classes are hands-on with often fewer than 15 students. You'll get to know your professors quickly as they help you reach your career and educational goals.

Impressive careers and internships

Our graduates and students have worked in nearly every industry and all around the nation. We'll help you find the perfect internship that will propel your career.

ACS Outstanding Student Chapter Award
ACS Outstanding Student Chapter Award

The Waynesburg University American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter has received the "Outstanding Chapter Award" for the 2021-2022 year. This is the 15th outstanding designation the chapter has received since 2005-2006.

Department Overview

Forensic Science Program Mission

Waynesburg University educates students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. As a Christian comprehensive university, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.

The mission of the Waynesburg University Forensic Science (WUFS) Program is to provide students with well-founded, interdisciplinary forensic science and investigation curricula.  The WUFS Program consists of three distinct programs, Bachelor of Science Forensic Science (BSFS), Bachelor of Science Forensic Biology (BSFB), and Bachelor of Arts Forensic Investigation (BAFI).  The WUFS Program also supports the Bachelor of Science Forensic Chemistry in collaboration with the WU Chemistry Program.  The BSFS and BSFB degrees will prepare students to pursue careers in forensic laboratories, criminal investigations, and basic biological or chemical laboratories, or to pursue advanced degrees in the forensic or physical sciences, law, or medicine.  The BAFI degree will prepare students to pursue careers in crime scene/forensic investigations, evidence handling, criminal investigations, and law enforcement.  BAFI graduates will also be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in criminal investigation or criminal justice administration.

The WUFS Program will also uphold and adhere to the mission, commitments, and goals outlined in the University’s Undergraduate Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.