Course Descriptions

For information on course offerings please see the Master Schedule.

Forensic Science (FOR)

FOR 301:  Introduction to Forensic Science (3) A
Introduction to the application of scientific methods for the examination of physical evidence in the criminal justice system; an overview of the forensic analysis of firearms, fingerprints, drugs, blood, hair, fibers, paint, glass, arson debris, etc.

FOR 310: Training for Forensic Internships (1) A.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in Forensic Science. This course provides the student guidance in the preparation for an internship and explains the forensic internship application process.

FOR 331: DNA Profiling (3) A.
Prerequisites: BIO 111(C) and STA 270 (C). Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHE 102 or 361. This course will include topics in forensic DNA profiling; sample collection, DNA extraction, DNA quantitation and amplification. Prepares students for further studies/career in forensic/molecular biology. Laboratory FOR 331L is optional with this course.

FOR 331L: DNA Profiling Lab (1) A.
Prerequisite: CHE 361(C). Prerequisite or co-requisite: FOR 331. Laboratory course of FOR 331. Provides practical experience in Forensic DNA profiling; sample collection, DNA extraction, DNA quantitation and amplification. Prepares students for further studies/career in forensic/molecular biology.

FOR 349: Applied Learning in Forensic Science (0.5‑8) A.
Prerequisite: FOR 310 or departmental approval. Independent laboratory work and study related for forensic science in a laboratory setting. A minimum of 80 hours of employment required for each semester hour of academic credit. May be taken for a maximum of 12 hours, but only six hours may be counted toward the major requirements. Four to sixteen weeks

FOR 349 A-N: Cooperative Study: Forensic Science (0.5‑8) A.
Prerequisite: FOR 310 or departmental approval. Work in experiences related to academic studies in forensic science. One half to eight hours credit per semester or summer. A minimum of 80 hours of employment required for each semester hour of academic credit. May be repeated for maximum of 12 credit hours but only six hours may be counted toward the major requirements.

FOR 401:  Forensic Professional Practice (3) I
Prerequisite: FOR 301. Introduces professional practices and expectations for the forensic scientist. Includes discussion of professional organizations, certification, ethics, QA/QC, accreditation, technical writing, data treatment and interpretation.

FOR 411:  Instrumental Analysis (3) A
Cross-listed with CHE 425. Prerequisites: CHE 325, 325L, 362, 362L; PHY132 (or 202); MAT 234 (C or better in each course). Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 411L.  Fundamental principles of the operation and application of analytical instrumentation including spectroscopy, chromatography, electrochemistry, and mass  spectrometry found throughout industrial, government, forensic, and/or research environments are presented. Credit will not be awarded for both FOR 411 and CHE  425.

FOR 411L:  Forensic Instrumental Lab (1) A
Prerequisite: BIO 121 (C or better); Prerequisite or Corequisite: FOR 411. Lab component of FOR 411. Lab providing hands-on experience operating instrumentation  most commonly used in forensic science analytical laboratories, including UV-visible, infrared, Raman, X-ray fluorescence, and atomic absorption  spectrophotometric techniques plus thinlayer, gas, and liquid chromatographic separation techniques. Credit will not be awarded for both FOR 411L and CHE 425L.  3 Lab.

FOR 412:  Forensic Trace Evidence (3) II
Prerequisites: FOR 411(C), 411L(C), 451(C), and 451L(C). Prerequisites or Corequisite: FOR 412L. Introduction to forensic trace and impression evidence and the application of instrumentation and techniques to analyze various types of trace and impression evidence. Students will learn about the numerous instruments and techniques used in forensic labs to analyze different types of trace and impression evidence; paint, glass, fibers, tapes, plastic bags, accelerants, explosives, building materials, firearms, tire and shoeprints and other materials commonly encountered in the crime laboratory.

FOR 412L:  Forensic Trace Evidence Lab (1) II
Prerequisites: FOR 411, 411L, 451, and 451L. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FOR 412. Lab component of FOR 412. Use of microscopes and various instruments for  examination of forensic trace evidence materials. 3 Lab.

FOR 420:  Forensic DNA Analysis (1) I
COURSE DROPPED.

FOR 430:  Forensic Analytical Toxicology (3) II
COURSE DROPPED.

FOR 440:  Drug Chemistry (3) I
Prerequisite: CHE 362 (C or better). Discusses aspects of drug chemistry relevant to understanding the properties, physiological effects, and techniques used for the separation, analysis, and identification of drugs. Emphasis is on controlled substances.

FOR 442: Forensic Analytical Toxicology (3) II.
Formerly FOR 430. Prerequisites: FOR 411(C) and 411L (C) or CHE 425(C) and 425L (C); or departmental approval. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: FOR 442L. Study of the chemistry, biochemical activity, isolation and identification of drugs of forensic interest in biological materials. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for FOR 430.

FOR 442L:  Drugs and Toxicology Lab (1) II
Prerequisites: FOR 411(C) and 411L(C), or CHE 425(C) and 425L(C). Prerequisite or corequisite: FOR 442. Introduces techniques and instrumentation used for the chemical separation and analysis of drugs in both solid dosage and toxicological samples. 3 Lab.

FOR 451:  Forensic Microscopic Analysis (2) I
Prerequisite or Corequisite: FOR 411, 411L, and 451L (C or better). Introduction to concepts of forensic microscopic analysis; identification and characterization of  trace evidence, such as glass, hair, fiber, and soil.

FOR 451L:  Forensic Microscopy Lab (1) I
Prerequisite or Corequisite: FOR 451. Laboratory component of FOR 451. Use of stereoscopes and polarizing light microscopes for examination of forensic materials. 3 Lab.

FOR 460:  Selected Topics in Forensic Science (1‑3) A

(Unusual offering.  contact Dr. Lori Wilson to inquire further.)
Prerequisite: instructor approval. Topics will be chosen from areas of current interest and may be retaken for credit when new topics are offered. Topics and credit  will be announced prior to each offering.

FOR 465:  Expert Witness Testimony (2) A
(Unusual offering.  Students encouraged to take FOR 465W.)
Prerequisite: FOR 411 with a “C” or better or departmental approval. Topics include the underlying theory and purpose for expert witness testimony, qualifications  of scientific experts, ethical issues relating to expert witness testimony, and elements of expert witness discovery and courtroom testimony. Videotaping of testifying in mock testifying situations is also included. Credit will not be awarded for both FOR 465 and 465W. 4 Lab.

FOR 465W:  Expert Witness Testimony (3) A
Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 105 or HON 102 and FOR 411(C) and FOR 411L(C) or departmental approval. Theory and purpose for expert witness testimony,  qualifications of scientific experts, ethical issues, and practical aspects of expert witness discovery and courtroom testimony. Videotaping of testifying in mock  testifying situations is also included. 2 Lec/2 Lab.

FOR 475:  Mass Spectrometry (3) A
Crosslisted with CHE 520. Prerequisite: CHE 362. Topics include types of mass spectrometers; qualitative and quantitative mass spectrometry, different ionization  processes, sample inlet systems, (including chromatography systems), and interpretation of mass spectral data. Credit will not be awarded for both FOR 475 and  CHE 520.

FOR 490:  Introduction to Research (1‑3) A
(Unusual offering.  contact Dr. Lori Wilson to inquire further.)
Prerequisite: FOR 411 or departmental approval. Instruction to laboratory research in one of the areas of forensic science. May be retaken to a maximum of six  hours, but only three hours may be counted toward the major requirements. Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.

FOR 495:  Internship (3, 6, 9, 12) A
COURSE DROPPED.

FOR 499:  Forensic Science Capstone (3) A
Prerequisites: FOR 411,(C) and 411L(C), and 6 hours of 400 level or above FOR or CHE or BIO courses from within the student's option (C or better in each course). Prerequisite or co-requisite: FOR 465 or 465W. Capstone experience that provides overview of the investigative process from collection of evidence at a mock crime scene, through analysis, data interpretation, and presentation of results in a mock courtroom setting. 2 Lec / 3 Lab.

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