Help solve crimes — and build a more just society — by using chemistry to analyze evidence.
Majoring in Forensic Chemistry will give you a solid background in chemistry, forensics and criminal justice that you can apply in careers with police or fire departments, coroner’s offices, the military, the FBI or CIA, bomb squads or private labs. You’ll learn the fundamentals of crime scene investigation and analyze blood and tissue samples to identify DNA or run toxicology screens. Understand how to verify the chemical composition of drugs taken as evidence and how to detect chemicals associated with explosives or toxic substances.
At St. Edward’s, you’ll learn how to conduct research by joining a student-faculty research group and applying your knowledge in the labs of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center. Graduate ready to use chemistry to uncover the truth and keep the public safe.
What do our graduates do?
Forensic Chemistry majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Forensic scientist at the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Gas and chemical project manager at Freescale Semiconductors
- Project manager at NXP Semiconductors
- Master’s student at the University of Albany
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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:
- Crime Scene Investigation – Examine, learn, understand and employ the techniques of crime
scene investigation. The objective is to teach the fundamentals of crime scene investigation.
Students should be able to assess any crime scene and determine proper procedures
- Instrumental Analysis – A study of some of the modern instrumental methods including
atomic and molecular spectroscopy, analytical separations, mass spectrometry, magnetic
resonance spectrometry, and other salient techniques.
- Forensic Chemistry – Major facets of forensic analytical chemistry will be covered, including
drug analysis, forensic toxicology, trace analysis, and arson and DNA typing. The use of
Bayesian probability in the evaluation of guilt and innocence will also be covered. Real-world
case studies will be used to illustrate the application of these principles.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
“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
Student Support Services
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:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support