Chemistry: Forensic Science

The nuts and bolts of the field of forensic science are the messy details of a crime scene.

Emmanuel’s forensic science concentration gives students the ability to apply scientific principles to the resolution of legal issues and continue on to research labs performing forensic analyses. 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.

Major Requirements

View the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry with Concentration in Forensic Science

  • CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I (SI-L)And
  • CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II(SI-L) Or
  • CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives(SI-L)
  • CHEM1117 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM2104 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM2114 Chemistry of Fire and Explosives(SI-L)
  • CHEM3105 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics
  • CHEM3106 Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM3108 Instrumental Methods of Anaylsis
  • CHEM3115 Introduction to Toxicology
  • CHEM4160 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM4194 Internship in Chemistry
  • MATH1111 Calculus I (QA)
  • MATH1112 Calculus II (QA)
  • PHYS2201 General Physics I (calculus based) (SI-L)
  • PHYS2202 General Physics II (calculus based) (SI-L)

Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of the Chemistry degree the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the sub-disciplines of chemistry including inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.
  • Develop testable chemical hypotheses, design and execute experiments to test the hypotheses, analyze the data, and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Effectively communicate chemical knowledge and research to general and specialized audiences.
  • Execute chemical literature searches to assess experimental design, results, and conclusions in scientific scholarly articles.
  • Utilize laboratory skills of experimental design, chemical synthesis, purification, data and error analysis, and computational analysis with full regard to safe laboratory practices.
  • Follow a high standard of ethics in regard to the scientific method.

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