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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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: forensic biology. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass the development of a practical understanding of crime scene investigation. By the end of the course, students should 1) be familiar with all aspects of crime scene documentation, including sketching, measuring, and photographing the scene, 2) be familiar with aspects of evidence collection, including different methods used according to evidence type, 3) be familiar with presumptive tests used to analyze chemical and biological evidence at the scene, and 4) be proficient in methods used to collect and preserve impression evidence, particularly fingerprints and footwear impressions. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, drug chemistry and toxicology, forensic biology, and pattern analysis. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: law/science interface. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, microscopy, and pattern evidence. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, microscopy, forensic biology, and pattern evidence. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, and forensic biology. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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 Molecular Ecology and Conservation 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: genetics. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: genetics. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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). Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: forensic biology and quality assurance. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass the development of student understanding of the principles and applications of mass spectrometry, and interpretation of the results, as needed for research in chemistry and related fields.  At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. Fall, Spring.

CEM 835 Advanced Analytical Chemistry II (3 credits) Separations, molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: analytical chemistry and instrumental methods. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, drug chemistry and toxicology, forensic biology, and pattern analysis. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: law/science interface. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: physical evidence concepts, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, and drug chemistry and toxicology. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: crime scene investigation, physical evidence, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods, microscopy, and pattern evidence. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: microscopy. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. 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. Learning objectives encompass increased familiarity and expertise in the following forensic science curricular components: drug chemistry and toxicology. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with each of the objectives listed above. Fall.

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