The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry at St. Edward’s University prepares you for careers that — as depicted in popular TV dramas like CSI and NCIS — focus on the chemical analysis of substances relevant to the solving of crimes.
You’ll receive a thorough grounding in chemistry, forensics and criminal justice. You’ll learn to microscopically examine a range of crime scene evidence that might, for instance, confirm a suspect’s connection to a crime. You’ll analyze blood and tissue samples to identify DNA or run toxicology screens. You may also verify the chemical composition of drugs taken as evidence.
The Forensic Chemistry major prepares students for entry or graduate programs. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s University — and time spent in classes, labs, field work, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work. With a BS in Forensic Chemistry, graduates may work with private labs, police departments, coroner’s offices or fire departments, examining evidence related to crimes. They may also work with bomb squads, in the military, or at national agencies like the FBI or CIA. Some forensic chemists become specialists in certain kinds of identification, such as chemicals associated with explosives or toxic substances.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Chemistry requires 70 hours of major courses, which include a combination of introductory coursework, developmental chemistry, labs and research methods.
General Education Requirements: The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Forensic Chemistry requires 57 hours of general education requirement courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our Forensic Chemistry major (PDF).
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
“My goal is to foster passion for chemistry and creativity so that students develop the knowledge, skills, and experience to be STEM innovators."
– Raychelle Burks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel: