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Forensic Biotechnology

The forensic biotechnology program will provide students with the biotechnology and forensic skills necessary to work in a federal, state, local, or private criminal investigation laboratory. It also prepares students for various graduate school opportunities. Students will be able to find careers in research science, medical sales, and scientific editing/journal writing, as well as technical careers in scientific laboratories, universities, and research institutions.

To properly prepare students for the forensic science field, crime science investigation laboratory settings, graduate school of any kind, and/or scientific/laboratory-based industries, a standard set of courses that provide a background in sample preparation, handling, and analysis must be completed.

Interim Department Chair: Br. Ben Basile

Interim Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Musser, BSHA; Tracy Stone; M.S., CSCS.; Karen Dade; Ron Kozlowski; Sandra Chimon Rogers, Ph.D.


Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers

Director of the Biophysical Chemistry & Mathematics Program and Associate Professor
Room 335
(219) 473-4268

Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers obtained her Ph.D. in Bio-Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. She has brought her Alzheimer’s disease research to Calumet College of St. Joseph’s and is utilizing various high tech bio-analytical techniques and orthomolecular compounds to find a preventative. Her experience and passion includes encouraging students to present their research findings at various conferences from around the nation to around the world (from Brazil to France). During her last two years at DePaul she had 31 research students who presented over 120 posters and won various awards for their presentations and currently has 23 papers in progress and completion for publication. She has also published 1 laboratory manual and is currently working on 2 more (to be release in fall of 2016). Dr. Rogers would like to encourage our CCSJ students to part take in such research events to help motivate hands on research, confidence and understanding on what they do in the classroom does relate to real life. Over the past 2 years, Dr. Rogers has had over 30 students present posters at conferences in the Midwest and has had 4 of her students attend neuroscience presentation at the University of California. Also, one of her students was accepted into the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IUN.

Dr. Rogers teaches General and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Instrumental Chemistry, Research Methods and Nutrition. She previously taught as a Bio-Analytical Chemistry at DePaul University where she also was the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Chimon –Rogers has also taught at Prairie State College, National-Louis University and Elmhurst College. Dr. Rogers was also been nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching” at DePaul along with the various other research recognitions.

Sandra Chimon-Rogers CV Card

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Assistant Professor
Room 333
(219) 473-4275

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Bio-Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is currently teaching the general science courses, physics, and anatomy and physiology with a few others here and there. Dr. Lakhani is also involved with our summer bridge program at CCSJ.


We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

Program Outcome Objectives

  1. Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
    • Students will demonstrate substantial and up to date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biology, chemistry, DNA analysis, instrumentation theory, analysis and use.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.
  2. Investigation/Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
    • Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in forensic laboratories.
    • Students can design, carry out, and interpret crime scene scenarios that generate new knowledge that can be used to solve crime scenes and scientific situations.
  3. Specific Expertise:
    • Students can articulate the significance of their findings in both historical and forwardlooking contexts.
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their selected scientific forensic field (DNA analysis, hair analysis, drug testing, etc.).
  4. Communication:
    • Students will demonstrate the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens
  5. Ethics and Advocacy:
    • Students will apply highest standards of ethics to their studies (data management, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
    • Students will improve their confidence and interactions with colleagues and the public.
    • Students will be able to advocate for the role of forensic science
  6. Career Preparation:
    • Students can articulate an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and are aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Crime scene investigation lab
  • Federal lab
  • State or local police crime lab
  • Work as a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • Work as a scientific editor/journalist.
  • Prepare for application to graduate school.
  • Become a biochemist or biomedical engineer.
  • Become a clinical research associate.
  • Become a quality control analyst
  • Become a senior research scientist.

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Program Details

B.S. in Forensic Biotechnology (120 credit hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  1. 38 credit hours in General Education
    Students in the Forensic Biotechnology Program must choose the following General Education options:

    • MATH 171, Principles of Statistics as the required Math choice
    • BIOL 115, Cell and Evolution, as the required Science choice
    • PHIL 200, Great Philosophical Ideas, as the required Humanities choice
    • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology, and
    • SOCL 210, General Sociology, as the required Social Science choices

  2. 46 credit hours in Mid-Level Requirements

    • BIOL 205 Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 205L Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 215 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
    • BIOL 300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 300L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 305L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 200 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 200L General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 205 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 205L General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • CRIJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
    • CRIJ 311 Criminal Procedures (3 credits)
    • CRIJ 330 Scientific Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
    • CRIJ Elective (CRIJ 200 or higher) (3 credits)
    • MATH 230 Calculus I (4 credits)

  3. 36 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements

    • BIOL 230 Microbiology Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 230L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 315 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 315L Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 430 Instrumental Analysis Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 430L Instrumental Analysis Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 445 Physical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 446L Physical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 200 Forensic Science 1 Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 200L Forensic Science 1 Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 205 Forensic Science 2 Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 205L Forensic Science 2 Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 320 Biotechnology 1 Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 320L Biotechnology 1 Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 325 Biotechnology 2 Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 325L Biotechnology 2 Lab (1 credit)

Incoming student applicants for all the majors within the Biophysical Chemistry Department, will be required to have a 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) and an ACT score of 19 or the consent of the program director. Incoming freshmen who do not meet the requirements for direct admission into the Biophysical Chemistry Department will have one academic year to meet the admission requirements. This approach will allow academically talented students who begin college without the proper academic background to demonstrate their potential and to retain eligibility into the department while academically becoming successful. Transfer students wishing to enter the biophysical chemistry department’s program shall maintain a 3.0 GPA in their science major classes and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or the consent of the program director.

All students within the Biophysical Chemistry Department must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their science major courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or the consent of the program director. If a student’s GPA drops below the required minimum GPA, he or she will have a one-semester probation period to increase their GPA. During this probationary period, the student must meet with the advising office, an assigned mentor, and the Student Success Center for additional support to get them back on track. Students who are not successful in raising their GPAs within a 1 semester period will lose their eligibility for admission into the majors within the biomedical science department.

Department Courses

To see the list of courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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