Consists of lectures presented by guest speakers on current topics in forensic science. May apply a maximum of three credits toward graduation.
Explains the basic concepts of Forensic Photography while exploring the fundamental skills for the selection and use of photography equipment. Identifies the basic principles and fundamentals of using photography with regard to crime scenes, forensic evidence, and identification photography. Illustrates skills utilizing a DSLR camera with various types of lighting, camera settings, and common camera accessories. Explains techniques involving surveillance, impression, close up, alternate light sources, infrared photography, and the legal aspects of forensic photography as it pertains to criminal investigations. Course fee of $155 applies.
Emphasizes the learning and proper use of technical vocabulary used in forensic science. Introduces basic photography and presentation techniques as they relate to the field of forensics. Teaches laws pertaining to making photographic copies and the legal steps required for altered photographs to be accepted in the criminal court system. Introduces basic laboratory measurement and statistical techniques. Uses stereo and compound light microscopes to visually examine physical evidence. Discusses the scientific theory and analytical procedures for analyzing refractive index of glass, species identification of hair, bullet rifling, DNA and the calculation of Post Mortem Interval. Course Lab fee of $142 for materials applies.
Presents the history of footwear and tire impression evidence and introduces the examination of impression evidence. Explains crime scene protection and searching procedures for impression evidence. Identifies and lists the basic equipment needed for footwear and tire impression recovery at a crime scene. Identifies applicable chemical formulas and instructs in the preparation of chemical reagents used to visualize impression evidence. Teaches the recovery of footwear and tire evidence through photography, lifting, and casting. Includes the methodology of footwear and tire identification by image comparison techniques. Course fee of $128 for materials applies.
Emphasizes the learning and proper use of technical vocabulary as it relates to forensic trace evidence. Teaches theory of techniques and operation of spectroscopic instruments. Performs spectroscopic analyses of various types of physical evidence. Uses stereo and compound light microscopes to prepare small samples for examination. Teaches forensic comparison analysis and technical report writing. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies. Course fee of $135 for materials applies.
Teaches theory of chromatographic/mass spectrometry techniques and operation of their analytical instruments. Teaches proper use of technical vocabulary related to forensic analysis. Performs chromatographic and mass spectrum analyses of physical evidence commonly found in criminal investigations. Teaches sample preparation, forensic comparison analysis and technical report writing. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies.
Teaches professional conduct in fingerprint processing. Explains the differences in latent fingerprints as they relate to the physical condition in which they are found. Describes and utilizes the equipment needed for fingerprint development, lifting, and comparison. Course fee of $143 for materials applies
Presents the history of fingerprint examination. Teaches recent technical advances in fingerprint development and examination. Describes the theory and make-up of fingerprints, palm prints, and footprints. Explores charting and comparison techniques. Teaches criteria used to determine successful identification versus non-identification. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies. Course fee of $30 materials applies.
Teaches methods for protection against blood-borne pathogens. Reviews weights, measures, trigonometry, and stroboscopic photo techniques. Presents bloodstain analysis from functional and historical perspectives. Teaches specialized bloodstain terminology and the techniques of bloodstain documentation. Presents the physical properties of blood as they apply to forensic investigation. Uses characteristic patterns and computer applications to interpret the impact patterns of spattered blood. Determine the motion, directionality, point of convergence, and the point of origin of bloodstains. Teaches traditional and modern techniques in crime scene reconstruction for documenting and reconstructing the crime scene. Presents guidelines for presenting bloodstain evidence at trial. Course Lab fee of $75 for materials applies.
Introduces computer forensics and cyber crime. Explains computer terminology, history, and the history of computer crime. Discusses computer crime, computer as targets, hacking, and beyond. Presents avenues for prosecution and government efforts cyber crime. Presents the application of First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to computer-related crime. Teaches applicable forensic terminology and the standards applied to computer investigations. Develops computer forensic science capabilities. Describes pre-search activities, approaching and securing the crime scene, and crime scene processing. Teaches methods of data protection, retrieval, and analysis. Presents conclusions and future issues. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies. Software fee of $50 applies.
Explains the fundamental goals of crime scene investigation and the importance of physical evidence. Teaches fundamental crime scene documentation skills including note taking, sketching, and photography. Teaches evidence identification, collection, and packaging procedures. Provides experience in evidence identification, documentation, collection, and packaging procedures. Course Lab fee of $145 applies
Teaches computer-based crime scene measurement and diagram tools utilized to properly document crime scenes including clandestine human graves, scattered human remains, and under water, fire, and arson scenes. Provides instruction in proper approach, documentation, and analysis of complex crimes scenes. Teaches crime scene reconstruction techniques in bloodstain patterns and shooting incident scenes. Course fee of $155 for materials applies. Course fee of $30 applies.
Teaches the botanical and chemical methodology required for the legal identification of marijuana. Identifies the microscopic morphological features of the plant material. Uses thin layer chromatography to detect hallucinogenic chemicals. Uses the Duquenois-Levine Test to detect the cannabinoid family of chemicals and how to recognize false-positive results. Teaches the methodology to detect marijuana residues in charred debris. Interprets data, writes a marijuana analysis report and presents results in a Moot Court. Course fee of $155 for materials applies.
Lays the foundation of forensic microscopy. Explains the theory of the microscope: light and lenses. Describes the major variants of the compound microscope including the stereo, polarized light and comparison varieties. Explains the function and purpose of the illuminator, sub-stage condenser, objective, and ocular. Establishes acceptable performance criteria and image quality as it relates to compromises among resolution, magnification, and visibility. Presents the use of specialized contrast enhancement methods and illumination techniques. Explains the theory and use of the polarized light microscope in the examination of anisotropic, birefringent, and optical properties of crystalline materials. Describes the use of the microscope as a quantitative measuring tool. Introduces instrument systems calibration methods for both the microscope as well as imaging software. Describes the collection and examination of micro-traces and the use of micro-trace catalogs. Examination and discussion of firearms, bullet, tool marks, hair and fiber characteristics. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies. Course fee of $152 for materials applies.
Stresses the importance of background checks, polygraph tests and personal integrity. Teaches Professional Competence: training, degrees and certificates, publications, affiliations, testimony track record, continuing education. Describes the duties and the special privileges of opinion testimony afforded to expert witnesses. Explains the Rules of Evidence and statistical reliability as they pertain to scientific data and findings. Presents guidelines for case review and report writing. Discusses trial strategy, testimony, presentations, and dangers that confront the expert witness at court. Discusses cross-examination strategies. Teaches professional business practices including personal organization, contracts for hiring the expert for professional services, consultation, correspondence, record keeping, fee setting, and fee collection.
Identifies modern firearms and ammunition while teaching how they operate and are manufactured. Explains how to collect, preserve, transport, and safely handle firearms and ammunition. Discusses the procedures of firing and the recovery of test bullets. Teaches the procedures of serial number restoration, gun shot residue tests, distance determinations, microscopic and chemical examinations. Includes how to interpret data, write reports of findings, and present results in a court of law. Course fee of $65 applies
Teaches the fundamentals of scientific techniques used by forensic pathologists in medicolegal investigations. Differentiates between sudden or unexpected deaths, homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, and trauma.
Discusses the foundation for understanding death scene analysis by an investigator in conjunction with a medical examiner while discussing the integration of medical, scientific, and legal methodology as applied to Medicolegal Death Investigations. Examines various techniques used in the study of forensic science and medicine. Teaches the interpretation of the facts and evidence to help determine and reconstruct the sequence of events at a variety of classic death scenes.
Provides undergraduate research. Guidance by a faculty member directs literature data, experimental design, data acquisition, interpretation of results, and conclusion. Written report, suitable in form for publication, necessary for completion. May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credits toward graduation. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies. Course fee of $310 for materials applies.
Presents selected topics in Forensic Science and Forensic Investigations. Requires a special topic related to the area of study. May be repeated with different topic areas for a maximum of 9 credits toward graduation.
Provides actual, on-the-job work experience on a paying or non-paying (volunteer) basis in a Forensic Science professions or other approved related situation. Emphasizes successful work experience, with emphasis on identifying and solving problems. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits toward graduation. May be graded Credit/No Credit.
Applies qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed research methods for selected issues in forensic investigation. Requires the student to develop and present an undergraduate research project both orally and in writing.