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Forensic Biotechnology

The forensic biotechnology program will provide our students with the biotechnology and forensic skills necessary to work in a federal, state, local, or private criminal investigation laboratory or pursue various graduate school opportunities. Students will also 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 institutes.

In order to properly prepare our students for the forensic science field, crime science investigation laboratory settings, graduate school of any kind, and/or scientific or laboratory-based jobs, these standard courses provide a solid background in sample preparation, handling, and analysis.

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Currently working with NASA, CASIS and ISS to send off our a project into space for the Space Station National Design Challenge.

Coming up this academic year:

  • Halloween Extravaganza
  • Society for Neuroscience Conference
  • Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy Conference
  • Pittcon Conference
  • Big Bang Theory Night
  • Guest Speakers
  • CCSJ STEAM poster session
  • Game Night
  • Fund raising events
  • Just to mention a few.
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.

Dr. Fiona Groninger-Poe
Dr. Fiona Groninger-Poe

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fiona Poe completed her Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 2014. During her graduate studies, she earned the Robert L. Switzer teaching award and was an American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include sugar metabolism in plant pathogens and agar degradation in marine bacteria. Dr. Poe teaches general biology, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology. She is also highly active with the Whiting Science Olympiads along with various other high school outreach programs.

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

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Program Details

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  • Career Options

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

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  • 54 credit hours in General Education
    ARTS 170 Introduction to Visual Arts OR ARTS 100 Intro to Performing Arts OR ARTS 140 Intro to Graphic Design OR ARTS 120 Digital Photography OR ARTS 160 Drawing 1 (3 credits)
    BIOL 115 Cell and Evolution Biology Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 115L Cell and Evolution Biology Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 200 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 200L General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    CMIS 115 Computer Literacy or higher (3 credits)
    ECON 160 Econ Theory & Personal Finance (3 credits)
    EWPC 103 English Composition (3 credits)
    EWPC 104 Academic Reading and Writing (3 credits)
    EWPC 111 The Literacy Experience (3 credits)
    EWPC 150 Public Speaking (3 credits)
    GENL 100 College Survival (1 credit)
    HIST 110 American Civilization OR HIST 115 Western Civ. OR HIST 120 World Civ. (3 credits)
    HUM 110 Foundations of Western Culture (3 credits)
    MATH 104 Algebra and Trig OR MATH 110 Finite Mathematics (3 credits)
    PHIL 200 Great Philosophical Ideas (3 credits)
    PSY 100 Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
    THEO 110 Social Justice (3 credits)
    THEO 130 Intro to Religious Studies OR THEO 131 Exploring the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3 credits)
    SOCL 210 General Sociology OR PLSC 220 American Political Science (3 credits)

  • 42 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 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 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 320 Laws of Evidence (3 credits)
    CRIJ 330 Scientific Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
    CRIJ 400 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
    PSY 230 Statistics for Behavioral Science (3 credits)

  • 24 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements:
    BIOL 230 Microbiology Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 230L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 430 Instrumental Analysis Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 430L Instrumental Analysis 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)

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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