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Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry

Fundamentally, chemistry is the study of matter in the universe and how it changes. Modern chemistry is central to our lives and impacts diverse fields such as medicine, energy generation, cosmetics, food production, and more. The curriculum for chemistry majors is varied and includes specialization in various areas, one of which is forensic chemistry. Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to questions of criminal and civil law and encompasses toxicology and the chemical analysis of evidence.

Major and Minor Requirements

For information about major requirements, view the Biology and Chemistry section of the Catalog.

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Class Experiences

At Chestnut Hill College, you are going to get a lot more than just an understanding of molecular structures. Along with your classroom and laboratory instruction - by highly qualified and experienced professors - you are also going to get a well-rounded liberal arts education. This education will help you think for yourself and overlay your scientific decisions with an ethical perspective.

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Chestnut Hill College is centrally located near several major pharmaceutical, chemical, and forensic science companies such as Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, National Medical Services, Centocor, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth-Ayerst, Dupont and many more. We are also close to several public and private schools that are committed to developing more and better science teachers. All of this provides an exceptional learning opportunity for our students - not to mention a great location from which to launch a career.

Some of these internships even lead to full-time employment after graduation. Several of the places at which our majors have held internships are the following:

  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Georgetown University
  • Purdue University
  • Boise University
  • The ME's Office of Philadelphia
  • The Research Center of the US Dept of Agriculture
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After Graduation

Majoring in chemistry opens students to a wide range of exciting and fulfilling career choices post-graduation. Many of our internships lead to full-time jobs.   Your after graduation options include:

  • Going to graduate school
  • Going to medical, dental or veterinary school
  • Working in a laboratory in a pharmaceutical compnay, an industrial chemical company, or a medical examiner's office
  • Becoming a high school chemistry teacher
  • Becoming a patent attorney
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Differences between Majors

The core of all of these majors is gaining a solid understanding of chemistry through fundamental courses and laboratory work. The difference between these majors is the additional, specialized coursework required. Biochemistry majors take biology courses as part of their major while still acquiring a solid foundation in the most important areas of chemistry. Forensic chemistry majors on the other hand, take toxicology courses and learn to use instruments such as those seen in crime shows. Unlike biochemistry and chemistry, forensic chemistry majors are required to perform an internship.

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Articulation Agreement

Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University have entered into an articulation agreement concerning the early consideration for acceptance of Chestnut Hill College graduates into Arcadia’s Master’s program in Forensic Science and early consideration for financial aid in this program. 

Certain requirements must be met by the Chestnut Hill College graduate including, but not limited to: certain course requirements; GPA of 3.30 in Pre-Requisite courses; and a GRE combined total score on verbal and quantitative area of 1,050 and a 4.0 or higher on the analytic portion. Please note that the course requirements of this articulation agreement are met by successful graduation majoring in the Forensic Chemistry program at Chestnut Hill College. Further details of this agreement can be obtained from the Chemistry Department. 

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Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a chemistry major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Joseph Kulkosky, Chairperson of the Biology and Natural Sciences Division (

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