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Forensic Biology
Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Biology

BMB 801 Molecular Biology (3 credits) Organization of genes. Regulation of gene expression, replication and recombination. Fall.

CJ 804 Crime Scene Investigation (1 credit) Introduction to crime scene investigation. Documentation, evidence collection, presumptive chemical and biological tests, and collection and preservation of impression evidence. Fall of even years

CJ 805 Survey in Forensic Science (3 credits) Scientific analysis of physical evidence. The course will cover four major aspects of physical evidence using real criminal and civil cases: generation of physical evidence by criminal activity; collection and preservation of physical evidence; analysis of physical evidence by forensic science laboratory; presentation of scientific expert testimony in court. Fall.

CJ 817 Law and Forensic Science (2 credits) Course covers the legal aspects of forensic science including the adjudicative process, admissibility of scientific evidence, laboratory reports, hearsay, relevant course materials and expert testimony. Spring.

CJ 820 Forensic Chemistry and Microscopic Evidence (3 credits) Analysis of trace evidence including hairs and fibers, paints and coatings, explosives and fire residues, glass and soil. Spring.

CJ 824 Forensic Serology (3 credits) Lectures and laboratory exercises in the identification of body fluids of forensic interest, including blood, semen, and saliva. Sources of false positive and negative results will also be examined. Fall.

CJ 825 DNA Profiling (3 credits) Lectures and laboratory exercises in DNA profiling. Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis of blood, semen, hair, saliva, and other tissues of forensic interest. Spring.

FRS 899 Master's Thesis Research (6 credits required, may be taken in increments of 1-6) Planned research and writing directed by student's thesis committee. Fall, Spring, Summer.

FW 828 Conservation and Genetics
(3 credits) Population and evolutionary genetic principles applied to ecology, conservation, and management of species at the individual, population, and species level. May be taken in lieu of GEN 842. Fall of even years.

GEN 842 Population Genetics (3 credits) Population genetic processes underlying patterns of molecular genetic variation. Genealogical approaches to the study of genomic diversity, phylogenetic reconstruction, and molecular ecology. May be taken in lieu of FW 828. Fall.

STT 464 Statistics for Biologists I (3 credits) Biological random variables. Estimation of population parameters. Testing hypotheses. Linear correlation and regression (prediction). Analyses of counted and measured data to compare several biological groups (contingency tables and analysis of variance). Fall.

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Forensic Chemistry

CEM 832 Mass Spectrometry (3 credits) Instrumentation of mass spectrometry. Interpreting mass spectra of organic and inorganix molecules. Applications to analysis of large molecules and chromatography. Spring of even years.

CEM 835 Advanced Analytical Chemistry II (3 credits) Separations, molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Spring.

CJ 805 Survey in Forensic Science (3 credits) Scientific analysis of physical evidence. The course will cover four major aspects of physical evidence using real criminal and civil cases: generation of physical evidence by criminal activity; collection and preservation of physical evidence; analysis of physical evidence by forensic science laboratory; presentation of scientific expert testimony in court. Fall.

CJ 817 Law and Forensic Science (2 credits) Course covers the legal aspects of forensic science including the adjudicative process, admissibility of scientific evidence, laboratory reports, hearsay, relevant case materials and expert testimony. Spring.

CJ 819 Forensic Analysis of Drugs and Alcohol (3 credits) Techniques and processes in analysis of physical evidence including spectrosopy, chromatography, microscopy. Emphasis on controlled substances. Fall.

CJ 820 Forensic Chemistry and Microscopic Evidence (3 credits) Continuation of CJ 819. Analysis of trace evidence including hairs and fibers, paints and coatings, explosives and fire residues, glass and soil. Spring.

FRS 899 Master's Thesis Research (6 credits required, may be taken in increments of 1-6) Planned research and writing directed by student's thesis committee. Fall, Spring, Summer.

NSC 820 Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis
(3 credits) Use of scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis. Machine variables, artifacts, quantitative analysis, specimen preparation, darkroom procedures. Fall, Spring.

PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction (3 credits) Introduction to pharmacology and neuropharmacology. Understanding of the biological basis for drug abuse and addiction. Fall.

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