Forensic Science (FOR)

FOR 122 SCIENTIFIC CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ANALYSIS

3, 3/0

Scientific techniques that have been adapted and applied to the detection and investigation of crimes. Collection techniques, analytical processes, and value of scientific evidence from the point of view of forensic scientists. Different disciplines, specialties, and careers available in forensic science. Offered spring only.

FOR 312 CHEMISTRY AND CRIMINALISTICS

4, 3/3

Prerequisites: FOR 122, MAT 311 and CHE 201. Chemistry as an investigative aid in the process of criminal justice. Basic chemical, physical, and microscopic techniques used in criminal investigations. Relevant laws and legal issues that impact on scientific evidence. Professional practice and ethics in the field of forensic science. The overall function of the criminalist from the gathering of evidence to the final presentation of expert testimony. Offered fall only.

FOR 412 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINALISTICS

3, 0/0

Prerequisites: FOR 312, CHE 403, permission of instructor, and senior status. Field experience in a forensic laboratory involving routine and research work in forensic chemistry. Note: Police laboratories sometimes require background checks and/or drug screens prior to placement. While not required by the college, these can affect students' abilities to complete the program. Offered every semester.

FOR 414 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

3, 2/3

Prerequisites: FOR 312 and CHE 403; BIO 303 or BIO 350 (or concurrently). Instruction and laboratory experiences in a wide range of forensic chemistry topics, including experiments in DNA for human identification, identification of illicit drugs, determination of blood alcohol, materials analysis, and arson. Students also receive instruction on the practice of presenting scientific evidence in a courtroom setting. Offered spring only.

FOR 416 OPTICAL MICROSCOPY

2, 1/2

Prerequisites: FOR 312 and PHY 112. Introductory optical microscopy for forensic physical analysis; fundamental theory of microscopy; physical properties of materials (refractive index, density, etc.); basic topics in optics (electromagnetic radiation, refraction, reflection, interference, etc.); operation, varieties, and capabilities of optical microscopes; and applications in analysis of physical evidence, such as pattern analysis, hair, fiber, and minerals. Offered spring only.

FOR 495 SPECIAL PROJECT

1-3, 0/0

Prerequisite: Faculty project adviser permission. Offered every semester.

FOR 497 FORENSIC MICROCOURSE

1-3, 1/0

Examination of significant disciplinary issues, topics, or practices; offered occasionally. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: CHE 497

FOR 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

3-12, 0/0

Prerequisite: Faculty project adviser permission. Offered every semester.