How to Become a Forensic Chemist
1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree (4 Years)
Forensic chemists are expected to have at least a bachelor's degree in clinical chemistry, chemistry, or a related major.
Only programs with Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accreditation are acceptable. Many universities offer Forensic Chemistry master's and doctoral (PhD) degree programs.
The preparation timeline below provides an example chemistry curriculum:
|Grade Level||Example Courses|
2. Take the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE)
Most graduate programs revolving around forensic science require the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) for admittance. It's a 3 hour and 45 minute, standardized, multiple choice exam that covers analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning.
The GRE is broken down into six primary sections:
|1 Analytical Writing Section||
|2 Quantitative Reasoning Sections||
|2 Verbal Reasoning Sections||
|1 Unscored Section||
3. Earn Master's or Doctoral Degree (2 - 6 Years)
A master’s degree in forensic science is required by most employers in order to seek employment in a private or federal crime laboratory.