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Forensic Science Course Descriptions

FSC 140  Introduction to Forensic Science 4 hours
Term: Fall

Forensic science is the application of science to the law and encompasses various scientific disciplines. This course will introduce various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context. Topics dis­cussed include organic and inorganic chemical analy­ses of physical evidence, principles of serology and DNA analysis, identification of fresh and decomposed human remains, ballistics, fingerprint analysis, facial reconstruction, drug analysis, and forensic entomology.

FSC 220 Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Analysis 4 hours
Prerequisite: FSC 140;            Term: Winter, offered alternative years

This course is designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process as well as fundamental investigation techniques such as crime scene analysis, collection, preservation, and testing of evidence, modus operandi, use of technology, types of evidence, and the science of criminalistics. Analysis of problems encountered in interviewing, interrogating, evidence collection, and admissibil­ity will be examined. Application of investigation theories to the administration of justice will also be developed. Laboratory course.

FSC 385 Forensic Biology 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150  Term: Winter; Fee: yes; offered alternative years

Study of hereditary material, its biological, chemical and physical nature. Transmission and function will be em­phasized. Students will become versed in the tools of human molecular genetic analysis, the nature of DNA and its applications.  Laboratory course.  

FSC 388 Cooperative Field Experience  1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, forensic science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Supervised work experience in activity related to area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advi­sor,

co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

FSC 410 Special Topics 3 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 325; FSC 240         Term: Fall, alternate years

Selected topics and issues in forensic science as chosen by the instructor

FSC 440  Forensic  Chemistry 4 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 252; FSC 140 Term: Winter; Fee: yes; offered alternate years

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the chemical aspects of forensic science as it applies to criminal investigation and labo­ratory preparation. This course looks at the instrumentation and chemistry associated with crimes. We will look at how the instrumentation is used, what type of evidence it can process, how to read the results and the properties of the chemical evidence. This course will also study the general principles and fundamentals of forensic toxicology, poisons, action, toxicity, postmortem characteristics, samples required for toxicological analysis and methods of collection, methods of preservation and analysis. Chemical, toxicological and pathological characteristics of commonly abused drugs, including the following: ethanol, barbiturates, narcotics, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Details of the methods employed for analysis, such as color test, Chromatography (GC, GLC, HPLC), mass spectrometry (MS), GC-MS. Laboratory course.

FSC 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; biology major or minor; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.