Chemistry is the branch of natural science that deals with the properties and classification of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the energy associated with these changes. Research by chemists increases our knowledge about chemicals and their roles in the natural world and has led to the discovery and development of new and improved products and advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing and other fields. Those interested in a rewarding career that provides financial security, promotes self-respect and offers the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects should consider a career in chemistry.

This degree program was crafted in close consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. This ensures that graduates leave Southeast fully qualified to begin a career as a DNA analyst in forensic and other DNA testing laboratories.

Chemistry students will…
  • Gain a rigorous foundation in chemistry, science, math and DNA analysis in the context of a broad university education.
  • Interact closely with experienced faculty who are recognized for their writing, training, professional affiliations and expertise.
  • Study in the state-of-the-art, first-rate learning environment provided by the newly renovated Magill Hall of Science, including dedicated forensic science and DNA analysis labs.
  • Have opportunities to pursue research and scholarship that help develop independent thinking and problem solving.
  • Meet educational requirements for DNA analysts prescribed by the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.

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