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CHEM 203 - Forensic Analysis

This course introduces the non-science student to the fundamentals of chemical analysis as it is used in modern forensics.  It introduces the basic concepts of the scientific method, molecules and chemical reactions, primarily focusing on chemical analysis.  The key techniques used in modern forensics are presented with application in drug, DNA, fingerprint, explosive and combustion/arson analysis.
NOTE:  This course is not a prerequisite for any Chemistry course.  Students in programs leading to the BSc degree may take this course as an elective, but may not take this course for credit to be applied to their program of concentration.


  • Winter (January 9 - April 17, 2023)


Cameron Skinner


Undergraduate, 3 credits

$42 CAD + applicable taxes.


Forensic Science and Chemistry.  Custom ebook, ISBN: 132361320X 

Forensics parts taken from:

Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, Third Edition by Richard Saferstein 

Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Second Edition by Max M. Houck and Jay A. Siegel 

Chemistry parts taken from:

Introductory Chemistry: Atoms First, Fifth Edition by Steve Russo and Michael E. Silver

Registration Information:

Concordia students must register for this course in their Student Hub. It is strongly recommended that they consult Concordia's class schedule prior to enrolling in order to be aware of any registration restrictions (see the notes). Once registered, students must then sign up for an eConcordia account to access the course material. » Visit the registration section for details.


Disclaimer: Information regarding the eConcordia course found on this page may change without notice. For the most recent course list, visit the Student Hub. Furthermore, if this represents the initial offering of the course, no course outline will be available until the start of the first active semester.