Forensic Science

Course Descriptions

2200 Basic Sciences for Forensics I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: acceptance into Certificate in Forensic Sciences Program.

Faculty and external specialists from several scientific disciplines provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of the application of sciences within Forensics. Applications include the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of physical evidence within the judiciary process of criminal investigation. Scientific theories and principles underlying these applications are examined.

Note:  Please note that this course may not be used by B.Sc. students to satisfy the requirement of a science elective under regulations 3.e., 6.e., 10.c., and 12.b. for B.Sc. degrees.


2201 Basic Sciences for Forensics II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: acceptance into Certificate in Forensic Sciences Program.

This course is a continuation of Basic Sciences for Forensics I.

Note:  Please note that this course may not be used by B. Sc. students to satisfy the requirement of a science elective under regulations 3.e., 6.e., 10.c., and 12.b. for B.Sc. degrees.


3007 Forensic DNA Typing [BIOL 3007
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 2307

Students study all aspects of forensic DNA typing protocols, and interpretation. Lectures focus on theory and laboratory sessions involve actual DNA typing, where students work with their own DNA. These skills are highly transferrable, and are applicable to the genetic analysis of populations in general.


3310 The Role of Science in Forensics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FRSC 2200 and 2201

Students gain the skills needed to develop a critical perspective regarding the science underlying the practice of different fields in forensics. These skills are applied to critique different fields, and to learn from the problems forensics has faced regarding a historical lack of scientific rigor.


 

3350 Forensic Sciences in Practice
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FRSC 2200 and 2201 and 3310

This is the capstone course for the certificate in Forensic Sciences Program. Students will integrate their learning from previous courses, gain a deeper understanding of areas of interest, and improve communication skills through student-centered activities, such as the completeion of research projects and collaboration with experts.


3400 Forensic Human Anatomy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: FRSC 2200 and FRSC 2201

Students are provided with a systematic approach to the study of human anatomy and the relation of structure design to facilitate function. Students investigate applied aspects of forensic anatomy of the deceased (cause and manner of death), as well as stress analyses and material properties of trauma and biomechanical forces acting on tissue.


 

3800-49 Special Topics in Forensic Science
3 credit hours


3876-99 Directed Studies in Forensic Science
3 credit hours


4002 Wildlife Forensics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 2307

The goals of this course are for students to learn about the techniques involved in wildlife forensics, how the resulting data are interpreted, and how this information is used in a legal setting.  Although many aspects of wildlife forensics will be covered, there will be a focus on DNA methods.  

Classes 3 hrs. and lab 3 hrs. per week.