Chemistry & Forensic Science
Gain knowledge for satisfying careers in technology, research, teaching or healthcare.
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.
Seeking Applicants for Student Research Opportunity
We are excited to announce our 2nd NSF-funded summer research opportunity at Waynesburg University!
Successful applicants will be given a stipend and housing for the two-month duration of this program. The project aims to use an enzyme engineered by directed evolution to rapidly synthesize medicinally important compounds. It is very multidisciplinary in nature encompassing organic synthesis, biochemistry, genetics and microbiology.
We are looking for both college students who will be available to work for two months and high school interns who will be available for one month during the summer of 2023. If you have any interest, please consider applying with the attached form below and email it to Dr. Tak Suyama by the respective deadlines listed on each form.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Chemistry Program Mission and Vision
Student and Alumni Testimonials
I have gained so much knowledge and respect for my professors and fellow students in my major as we consistently give our all into the science field. Most importantly I've gained a family in my field.
Emily Rusk, Class of 2020
The Chemistry and Forensic Science Department has been very supportive in my growth and development. The opportunities to get involved are endless, from the ACS Student Chapter to the SACP Student Affiliate, the GSE chemistry honorary, and many more!
Katelynn Ossege, Class of 2020