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Chemistry - CH 107 General Chemistry I/CH 100 Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

Block 1 - CH107: General Chemistry I, Murphy Brasuel, Nate Bower

Block 2 - CH100: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Nate Bower, Murphy Brasuel

CH107 CH100

This course fulfills Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World (Lab) requirement (1 unit for CH107 and 1 unit for CH100) and the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement (1 unit for CH107).

This linked and integrated FYE course combines one block of General Chemistry (CH107) and one block of Topics in Chemistry (CH100). The integration of General Chemistry throughout the two blocks will provide a scientific foundation for the Criminalistics material. In addition, a mix of historical and fictional case studies, collecting evidence from crime scenes, and methodologies employed in the forensic sciences will be used as framework to reinforce the basic chemical principles taught in General Chemistry. Library research coupled with written and oral presentations will be used to develop forensic reporting skills. Scientific articles and texts in conjunction with popular literature will be used to elucidate the scientific principles that support analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence. If you are a fan of CSI and murder and mayhem mysteries, and are always wondering if they have gotten the science right, then this is the course for you!

A set of integrated, one-block courses, team-taught by two instructors; the two courses must be taken together, and a single grade will be assigned for each block. Build Your Own Block Format- both courses will be spread over the two blocks.


  • This course serves as a gateway to the Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
  • Both blocks, taken together, count as CH107, General Chemistry 1 (1 unit), and CH100: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (1 unit).
  • Course involves afternoon laboratories in both chemistry and forensic science.
  • Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry or consent of instructor.
  • Local field trips may include the police crime lab or the county morgue.