Look for clues, analyze evidence, and solve crimes

About Forensic Chemistry at Keuka College

Are you ready to try your hand at forensic analysis with CSI-like lab challenges? Do you have a mind for puzzles and a desire to shape the world of justice? Keuka College’s forensic chemistry minor offers an ideal opportunity if you’re interested in criminal investigation and the use of science to solve crimes.

Forensic Chemistry Program Highlights

State-of-the-Art Lab Equipment

The College has four new Perkin-Elmer instruments usually only found at large universities, and they’re all available for undergraduate student research.

Real-World Science

Your Field Period™ experiences give you the chance to work with professional scientists and researchers and explore different career paths while you're still in school.

Conduct Research with Alumni

Many Keuka College alumni hold distinguished positions in the worldwide scientific community, and they’re all eager to host student Field Period™ experiences.

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Program Overview

This minor goes well with the criminology and criminal justice program, as well as other science majors, including biology and medical technology. Specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to study general, organic, and analytical chemistry, in addition to criminal justice and criminal investigation. Add in criminal justice classes to round out the minor, and soon you’ll be set to document and analyze everything at a crime scene from gun powder residue to hair follicles.

Program Requirements

The Faculty

At Keuka College, you’re able to work with published, world-class scientists every day. Here, your professors are eager to teach, work on research projects with you, and share their knowledge. All of Keuka College’s natural science professors hold doctoral degrees from top-tier institutions, including Yale and MIT.

Your criminology and criminal justice professors include those who have been published in the Wiley Handbook of Law and Society, The Journal of Law, Politics, and Society, and Law and Order. While at Keuka College, you will learn the inside secrets of forensic investigation from former police officers, crime scene technicians, and undercover narcotics officers.

Faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Digital Literacy

  • If you are studying forensic chemistry in addition to a major in criminology and criminal justice you will develop an ePortfolio(an electronic collection of your significant, meaningful academic and field work) to show your achievements and growth over time. You may access and update your ePortfoliofollowing graduation, and are encouraged to use it to communicate your achievements and interests to prospective employers, graduate program search committees, and peers.
  • As a forensic chemistry student, you’ll gain experience using technology in a variety of ways to explore issues and solve problems related to scientific analysis and criminal justice. Criminology and criminal justice majors use a host of online data sets and data analysis tools to describe crime patterns, test criminological theories, and consider implications for policy and practice. Tie these findings in with information gathered about DNA, fingerprint, or other evidence using state-of-the-art crime lab technology, and you’ll graduate prepared for an extensive future of making crime-fighting technology work for you.

Global Education

Many Keuka College alumni hold distinguished positions in the worldwide scientific and criminal justice communities, and they’re all eager to host student Field Period™ experiences.

Many individuals like you who go on to earn degrees in chemistry or criminal justice end up working with diverse populations, including minority groups and those who may speak a second language. In preparation, you will have the opportunity to enhance your studies by adding a minor in Spanish or ASL. Your professors will further state the importance of other cultures and lifestyles as they expose you to global topics impacting the world of forensics, chemistry, and criminal justice.  


As an undergraduate student, you’ll have unparalleled opportunities to conduct hands-on research. You’ll also have direct access to equipment that’s usually only available to graduate students at large research universities. Students have conducted research projects in Kenya, studied in cancer labs, and much more. Our natural science students often present their work at regional and national scientific meetings, and some have even partnered with faculty to publish scientific papers.


The Jephson Science Center is one of the College’s most recently-renovated buildings. A highlight of the center is that the laboratories weren’t simply designed by architects, but by the professors who use and teach in them. That means the labs you’ll use at Keuka College mimic real-world laboratories, and include much of the same equipment.

Research in chemistry often involves determining the chemical components of a solution and finding how much is there, especially when analyzing a crime scene for evidence. The equipment in our laboratory includes four different Perkin-Elmer machines typically found at large research universities.


Chi Beta Phi, the natural science, math, and psychology honor society offers students the opportunity to network with like-minded peers and have their scholarly accomplishments recognized.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to experiment and discover as a member of clubs and organizations, including Chemistry Club.

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