The Chemistry Department at Saint Anselm College is in the midst of revising our forensics curriculum to make it more specialized for this major. Several courses in the chemistry department will now be tailored to the needs of the forensic scientist.

Students entering in the fall of 2018, as members of the Class of 2022, will begin with this new curriculum. 

  • In the fall semester, students should register for CH130: General Chemistry I (and its associated laboratory) and CJ100: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, as well as HU103: Conversatio I and another core requirement. 
  • For the spring semester, students should register for CH150: Special Topics: Structure and Reactivity (and its associated laboratory) as well as HU104: Conversatio II and a core requirement and another elective.

You will discuss your course schedules with your departmental advisors during pre-registration week each semester.

Course requirements shown below (from the online College Catalogue) pertain to students graduating before the Class of 2022.

The process of updating the curriculum centered around the learning outcomes the Department developed for the major, as seen here. A student who has completed a degree in Forensic Science from Saint Anselm College:

  1. Has a solid foundation in principles and theories of forensic science;
  2. Communicates information with clarity and coherence through writing and speaking;
  3. Understands the theory behind and effectively utilizes state–of–the–art laboratory equipment, technology, and methods;
  4. Carries out praxis in the area of Forensic Science;
  5. Recognizes and endeavors to solve challenges facing the discipline

Chairperson: Carolyn K. Weinreb

Forensic Science is the application of science to answer questions of interest in the legal system. The major is based on a core of content in the sciences, specifically chemistry, computer science and mathematics, with additional options in biology and physics. Additional content within the major includes archeology, criminal justice, fine arts, psychology and sociology. 

Major requirements:

  • CH 130 - General Chemistry
  • CH 150 - Structure and Reactivity
  • CH 220 - Forensic Chemistry
  • CH 275 - Forensic Analysis
  • CH 276 - Forensic Analysis II
  • CJ 100 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 211 - Evidence
  • CS 228 - Computer Forensics

Math options

 Choose one (1) of the following:

  • MA 330 - Mathematical Statistics I
  • (or BI 345 , CS 204 , CJ 200  , BU 121 , PY 301 , SO 212 )
  • MA 170 - Calculus I

Fine Arts options

Choose one (1) of the following:

  • FAS 272 - Digital Art & Imaging I
  • FAS 240 - Darkroom Photography
  • FAS 245 - Digital Photography

Major Electives

Select 12 credits from the following:

  • BI 103 - General Biology I
  • BI 108 - Microbiology
  • BI 346 - Pharmacology
  • CJ 105 - Theories of Crime
  • CJ 209 - Criminal Law
  • CJ 212 - Criminal Procedure
  • PY 307 - Abnormal Psychology
  • **requires gen psy

    **(requires PY 101 General Psychology)

  • PS 104 - Forensic Physics
  • CH 431 - Chemistry Internship
  • recommended

    (recommended) OR

  • CH 432 - Chemistry Internship
  • recommended


  • CH 420 - Research and Seminar I
  • and
  • CH 421 - Research and Seminar II