Chemistry: Forensic Science
The nuts and bolts of the field of forensic science are the messy details of a crime scene. Our faculty provide a comprehensive curriculum for the concentration in forensic science that encompasses chemistry, biology, psychology, social science and the city streets of Boston.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for Departmental Major with Forensic Science Concentration
CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II
Or CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives
CHEM1117 Forensic Chemistry
CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2104 Analytical Chemistryy
CHEM2108 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
CHEM2114 Chemistry of Fire and Explosives
CHEM3105 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM3106 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM3115 Introduction to Toxicology
CHEM4160 Senior Seminar in Chemistry
Or CHEM4194 Research Internships in the Natural Sciences I
Additional Major Courses: MATH1111 & 1112 (Calculus I and II), PHYS2201 & 2202 (Physics I and II)
Learning Goals + Outcomes
At the completion of the Chemistry degree, the student will have:
Working knowledge of the mole, stoichiometry, periodic table, atomic and molecular structure, introductory acid-base theory, and heat content.
Working knowledge of organic functional group interconversions and carbon-carbon bond formation in relation to synthesis, and basics of organic reaction mechanisms.
Working knowledge of laws of thermodynamics, kinetic-molecular theory of gases, phase transitions, basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy.
Working knowledge of chemical techniques including: solution preparation, thin layer and column chromatography, distillation, titration, melting point determination, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy.
Working knowledge of laboratory safety including: collection of data safely, safe disposal of chemicals, and good laboratory practice.
Working knowledge of experimental design, data and error analysis, methods of chemical analysis, computer technology used by chemists, and the types/uses of scientific search engines.
A concentration in forensic science gives students the ability to apply scientific principles to the resolution of legal issues and continue on to research labs performing forensic analyses. It provides a good foundation for careers and advanced degree work in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, forensics, molecular or cell biology, or related technology fields.
Learn more about career paths open to students of forensic science through the Emmanuel College Career Center.