Course Descriptions

Forensic Science Core (60 credit hours)


Forensic Science Seminar (FRSC 201) – 1 credit hour:

This course involves presentation and discussion of general and special issues in forensic science; extension and application of background knowledge to unusual topics and cases.


Introduction to Forensic Science (FRSC 210) – 3 credit hours:

This course is an introductory look at the various fields of study and how they are used in modern law enforcement; a brief history of forensic science in Europe and the United States; use of Geology, Anthropology, Dentistry, Pathology, and Psychiatry in Investigation.


Introduction to Law (FRSC 220) – 3 credit hours:

This course includes examination of criminal liability, crimes against person, property and society; the criminal process; constitutional and legal problems associated with criminal procedures; and the due process of law.


Expert Witness Testimony (FRSC 310) – 3 hours:

Consideration of place of experts in dispute resolution, cases that require expert testimony, pre-trial preparations, rules of evidence, admissibility issues, articles and exhibits, courtroom demeanor, participation at criminal mock trials and offer expert testimony.


Evidence Collection and Processing (FRSC 320) – 3 credit hours:  (2 – 1 – 3)

Theory and Practice in evidence protection and collection: biological and medical evidence and controls to be collected, injuries to be photographed, legal and scientific requirements of packaging and storage, writing medical report and assisting the coroner, rules of evidence and expert witness. Laboratory exercises and report enhance lecture. Prerequisites: FRSC 210, FRSC 220.


Professional Practice in Forensic Science (FRSC 440) – 3 credit hours:

This course emphasizes professional practices and expectations for the forensic scientist.  Professional organizations, certification, ethics, QA/QC, accreditation, technical writing, data treatment and interpretation,  and standards of ASCLD/LAB and FBI are discussed.


Drugs and Toxicology (FRSC 410) – 3 credit hours: (2 – 1 – 3)

This is a study of the chemistry, biochemical activity, isolation and identification of drugs of forensic interest in biological materials.  Aspects of drug chemistry relevant to understanding the properties, physiological effects, and techniques used for the separation, analysis, and identification of drugs will be discussed. Emphasis is on controlled substances.  The course also introduces techniques and instrumentation used for the chemical separation and analysis of drugs in both solid dosage and toxicological samples. Relevant laboratory exercises enhance lecture.


Forensic Science Internships (FRSC 420) – 3 credit hours:

A 10-week internship at a local, state or federal crime laboratory is required for this degree. The internship provides the student with a real-life crime laboratory atmosphere and also provides the crime laboratory with the ability to recruit the student for future employment into the laboratory.



Additional courses


Cell Biology Laboratory (BIOL 324L) – 1 credit hour:

[LCCN: CBIO 4141, Cell Biology Lab (UPPER LEVEL)] The course supplements and reinforces lecture concepts and provides hands-on experience in analysis of cellular activities. (Prerequisites: BIOL 124L and 125L).


Molecular Biology (BIOL325) – 3 credit hours:

This course is a study of the mechanism and regulation of DNA, RNA, and protein biosynthesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Basic principles of recombinant DNA technology and applications in biomedical fields are discussed. (Prerequisites: BIOL 217 and BIOL 324).


Molecular Biology Laboratory (BIOL325L) - 1 credit hour:

Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lectures, and provide hands-on experience in modern molecular biology techniques, including Immunological typing of blood; DNA typing and electrophoresis, laboratory exercises and lab report.  Information on CODIS.  (Prerequisites: BIOL 217L and 324L).


Forensic Microscopy (FRSC 430) – 3 credit hours:

Light Microscopy of trace evidence including, contrast, resolving power and illumination; interference, phase and fluorescence microscopy; microscopy with polarized light, birefringence and crystal structure; dispersion staining; photomicrography; fibers, minerals and residues. Lecture with lab exercises.  (Pre-requisite: FRSC 210)


Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 351) – 3 credit hours:

[LCCN: CCEM 2303, Analytical Chemistry (Quantitative Analysis)]. This course is an extension of studies of stoichiometry and equilibrium in general chemistry to principles and practice of quantitative chemistry. The lecture includes descriptive statistics with emphasis on small samples, various types of competing equilibria pertaining to acid-base, compleximetric, potentiometric titrations and introduction to spectrophotometric processes. (Prerequisites: Chemistry 111, 112; Mathematics 161, 162).


Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (CHEM 351L) – 2 credit hours:

[LCCN: CCEM 2301, Analytical Chemistry Lab]. The laboratory portion of Chemistry 351 is intended to give practical experience in obtaining accurate, precise chemical measurements using both classical analytical techniques and instrumentation. Students will develop a number of the following skills: solution preparation, quantitative wet chemistry techniques, and proper use of instrumentation, assessment and interpretation of data, evaluation of results, and written and oral presentation of work. (Prerequisites: Chemistry 112, 112L, and concurrent enrollment or prior credit in Chemistry 351).


Special Problems and Seminar (CHEM 450) – 4 credit hours:

This course provides conference and laboratory experiences for the student. Supervised research projects, reporting and presentation of seminar are required activities (Offered as a capstone project for forensic science majors).  (Prerequisites: FRSC 310, 320, and CHEM 241, 241L, 242, 242L


Senior Comprehensive (FRSC 460) – 0 credit hours:

All majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination.  Students must register for the course IN THE SEMESTER PRIOR TO THE ONE IN WHICH THEY PLAN TO GRADUATE.