General Education Foundations

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Forensic Chemistry

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.S. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences pages.

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Forensic Chemistry

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.  FIS major must complete FIS 406.

  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement: The Forensic and Investigative Science Bachelor of Science is a SpeakWrite Certified ProgramTM. SpeakWrite Certified programs incorporate and develop students’ written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills across the curriculum.

  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: To graduate with the Forensic Chemistry major, students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all FIS courses with no grade lower than a C- in any FIS course. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.

  • Internship Requirement: All students are required to successfully complete an internship for a minimum of 3 hours of credit.

  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Forensic and Investigative Science admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

First-Year Seminar
GEF: Number of credits will vary depending on overlap
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Biology Requirement8
Principles of Biology
Introductory Physiology
Chemistry Requirement24
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry 1
and Principles of Chemistry 2
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course
and Experimental Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Mathematics and Statistics Requirement11
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Physics Requirement8
Select one of the following sequences:
Introductory Physics 1
and Introductory Physics 2
General Physics
and General Physics
Forensic Investigation Science Requirement33
Introduction to Forensic Identification
Crime Scene Investigation Overview
Introduction to Microscopy
Forensic Chemical Analysis
and Forensic Chemical Analysis Laboratory
Forensic Identification Internship
Law and Evidence
FIS 460
Analysis of Seized Drugs
Analysis of Seized Drugs Laboratory
Forensic Quality Assurance
Forensic Chemistry Electives:
Select two of the following sequences:
Trace Evidence Examination
and Trace Evidence Examination Laboratory
Arson and Explosives Analysis
and Arson and Explosives Analysis Lab
Analytical Forensic Toxicology
and Analytical Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
Capstone Experience3
Court Testimony
General Electives14
Number of General Elective may vary depending on overlap
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FIS 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3 
BIOL 115 (GEF 2; B.S. First Area 1)4BIOL 117 (B.S. First Area 2; GEF 8)4 
CHEM 115 (B.S. Second Area 1; GEF 8)4CHEM 116 (B.S. Second Area 2; GEF 8)4 
FIS 2013MATH 1564 
MATH 155 (B.S. Math Requirement; GEF 3)4  
 16 15
Second Year
GEF 43ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
PHYS 101 or 1114FIS 2023 
STAT 2153PHYS 102 or 1124 
General Elective1General Elective1 
 15 15
Third Year
CHEM 2154GEF 53FIS 3863
FIS 3143CHEM 341
CHEM 342
FIS 340
FIS 341
4FIS 4603 
FIS 4802FIS 4611 
 General Elective3 
 13 14 3
Fourth Year
GEF 63GEF 73 
FIS 4043Forensic Chemistry Elective 24 
FIS 4063General Elective 4 
Forensic Chemistry Elective 14General Elective 4 
General Elective1  
 14 15
Total credit hours: 120