(FS) Forensic Science

Courses

FS 491. Forensic Science I. 4 Hours.

This course builds on the scientific knowledge and analytical skills developed in the prerequisite science courses and laboratory work. Students apply scientific principles and use current laboratory instrumentation to compare and distinguish between typical forensic evidence items. Students also become familiar with microscope examinations of trace evidence including soil, fibers and hairs, forensic serology and screening, DNA typing, bloodstain pattern analysis and toxicology. Topical discussions and lectures are supplemented by scheduled field trips and guest speakers from the forensic science community. Prerequisite(s): (SC 191 and SL 191) and (SC 192 and SL 192) and SC 241 and CJ 221 and CJ 330 and SC 224.

FS 492. Forensic Science II. 4 Hours.

This course builds on the scientific knowledge and analytical skills developed in the prerequisite science courses, laboratory work and Forensic Science I course. Students enhance their understanding of the properties of organic and inorganic compounds and apply these to analysis of typical forensic science samples. Students also analyze drugs, inks and dyes, explosives, fire debris samples. Forensic document examination, fingerprint development and bullet comparisons are conducted. Scientific reports are written for each specific forensic discipline. Topical discussions and lectures are supplemented by scheduled field trips and guest speakers from the forensic science community. Prerequisite(s): FS 491.

FS 493. Forensic Seminar. 4 Hours.

This course is the capstone of the bachelor’s degree in forensic science. The course draws on the knowledge acquired throughout the previous seven semesters. It also guides students through correct processing and sequencing of processing of evidence at the crime scene and in the laboratory. Particular attention is placed on understanding the pros and cons, false negatives and false positives, cross reactions and potential for cross contamination in analyzing and testing evidence items. Students learn various techniques for describing scientific principles in layman’s terms. The course finishes with a mock trial at the end of the semester, giving the student the chance to experience direct and cross examination. Students also take the International Association of Identification (IAI) crime scene technician certification. This gives students the opportunity to acquire international certification and well as earn the degree. Prerequisite(s): SC 103 and SL 103 and SC 241 and SL 241 and SC 224 and CJ 221 and CJ 330 and FS 491.