Forensic Science Courses

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Register for FORS 120L to go with FORS 120 as an optional one credit hour lab.
The United States legal system, serology, DNA analysis, crime scene investigation, comparative analysis, digital forensics, and behavioral sciences.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Forensic Science major or by permission.
Practical aspects of forensic sciences. Forensic entomology, soil science, blood spatter, fingerprints, trace evidence, odontology, footmark analysis, palynology, and osteology.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 400
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Current issues in research, ethics, and professional practice related to forensic science.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 300, FORS 400, FORS 402, FORS 403, FORS 404, FORS 406
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Forensic application of processes associated with decomposition and preservation of organic materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
FORS 120 or instructor permission.
This course is offered online the first 8-week session each year.  Students will need access to a computer, six-inch metric scale marked in millimeters, a digital camera and an inexpensive Vanier caliper.
An overview of the basic forensic comparative sciences; fingerprints; questioned document and linguistics; firearms and toolmark; footwear and tire tracks; hairs, fibers, and trace evidence; pattern injuries; and biological evidence.  This is a lab course and students will be asked to do comparisons and submit them to the instructor.  Ethics, error, sufficiency, reliability, validity, and other concepts relating to forensic comparative science will be discussed in the course.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
FORS 120, FORS 120L, FORS 200 and senior standing; parallel FORS 400L.
Identification, collection, preservation, presentation of physical evidence. Ethics and chain of custody.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 400, FORS 400L, FORS 485
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel FORS 400.
FORS 400L is a lab for credit to go with FORS 400.
This course has no description.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 400, FORS 485
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 102, BIOS 205/206 or AGRO 315, FORS 120/120L and permission; parallel FORS 401L
Ethics, quality assurance, quality control, analysis, and interpretation of biological evidence for the legal system.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 401, FORS 401L, FORS 408, FORS 485
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel FORS 401.
FORS 401L is a lab for credit to go with FORS 401.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 401, FORS 485
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Concepts, techniques, analysis, and interpretation of photographic evidence.
This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 403
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Web
Advanced concepts, techniques, analysis, and interpretation of photographic evidence.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
Documentation and interpretation of geometric bloodstains, calculating probable origins, and collecting blood as a source of DNA evidence.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Web
FORS 406/806
Prereqs:
Critical thinking, reasoning, investigative failure, resource management, and supervision in criminal investigation.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Web
FORS 407/807
Prereqs:
Collection and analysis of DNA for use in forensic science.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
Introduction of forensic Y-STR analysis, from DNA extraction to statistical analysis of results, and trouble-shooting techniques.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
FORS 414/814
Forensic EntomologyCrosslisted as ENTO 414/814
Prereqs:
Introductory course in entomology.
Also offered on the Internet via the World Wide Web (WWW).
Application of entomology to legal issues. Criminal investigations, insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion, and case studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
FORS 445/845
Human Remains in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted as NRES 445/845
Prereqs:
Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Collection, processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Application and integration of principles to address emerging issues involving forensic science.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing and permission.
FORS 495 requires a structured practical experience under the supervision of a forensic science professional.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Max credits per degree: 4
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing and permission.
FORS 496 requires an individual or group project in research or literature review, or extension of course work.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
3 hrs FORS or equivalent.
Current issues in forensic science.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
FORS 499H
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program and permission. AGRI 299H recommended.
FORS 499H is 'letter grade only'.
Conduct a research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Theory and practice in forensic science. The legal system, crime scene investigation, taphonomy, and criminalistics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Web