The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry at St. Edward’s 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.
We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least three semesters of research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.
Many students select this degree to prepare for entry or graduate programs in forensic chemistry or chemistry for greater career advancement. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — 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.
Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward's is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.