Forensic Science Courses

Introduction to Forensic Science FSC 140

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, ballistics, arson, fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, and document examination. Laboratory Included.

  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites: completion of developmental and foundational courses. Term: Fall Fee: yes.

Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Analysis FSC 220

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 included.

  • Prerequisites: FSC 140; Term: Winter Fee: yes.

Forensic Biology and Chemistry FSC 240

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the biological and chemical aspects of forensic science as it applies to criminal investigation and labo_ratory preparation. Part one of 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. Part two of this course is an introduction to the basic principles of forensic anthropology. Topics will include study of human skeletal and dental remains, trauma to the human body, facial reconstruction, forensic entomology and botany, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprinting, pathology used in identification, and toxicology. Laboratory course.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 150; CHM 140; FSC 140 Term: Winter; Fee: yes; offered alternate years.

Forensic Biology FSC 385

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles governing the application of biology and biological statistics to solve crimes. Topics include: evidence collection, documentation, examination and preservation; serology; microscopy; analysis of hair, tissue and skeletal remains; entomological evidence; extraction and quantification of human and non-human DNA; generation of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA profiles; statistical analysis of DNA evidence. Laboratory included.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 150, FSC 140; FSC 220. Term: Fall (odd); Fee: yes.

Cooperative Field Experience FSC 388

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.

  • Prerequisites: Junior standing, forensic science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer.

Special Topics in Forensic Science FSC 410

Selected topics and issues in biology as chosen by the instructor.

  • Prerequisites: Junior status in the major; Term: TBA.

Forensic Chemistry FSC 440

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.

  • Prerequisites: CHM 241; FSC 140, FSC 220 Term: Fall (even); Fee: yes.

Cooperative Field Experience FSC 488

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing; forensic science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer. 

Independent Study FSC 491

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

  • Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; biology major or minor; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer.

Junior Seminar ISC 312

Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS. Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of ones work. In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports. The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one. A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity. This is the programs writing intensive course.

  • Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter.

Science Senior Seminar: Library Research ISC 496A

This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project. Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B. Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

  • Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter.

Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research ISC 496B

This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member. The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

  • Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

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