Help solve crimes — and build a more just society — by using chemistry to analyze evidence. 

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Forensic Chemistry Major Guide

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

54 Alumni Who Inspire

St. Edward’s University counts more than 25,000 alumni around the globe. Some are making their mark in the job they started right after graduation. Others have excelled in multiple careers. Read about how they’re all building on the education they received at St. Edward’s.