Current Course Offerings

For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

FSC-420 | Forensic Science Technology I | 4 credits
A survey of the fundamental techniques employed by the forensic scientist or forensic investigator. Included are applications of basic forensic technologies such as the practice and use of the microscope, fingerprinting, casting and comparison of tool marks, blood spatter, paper chromatography, casting and interpretation of various forms of impression evidence (tire, shoe, animal as well as others), bite mark evidence and analysis, fiber identification and analysis, firearm, GSR (gun shot residue), gunpowder and basic ammunition analysis. The students will explore ethical and legal issues applicable to forensic science. Lecture and laboratory.

FSC-430 | Forensic Science Technology II | 4 credits
The student will continue to build upon the concepts and understanding introduced in Forensic Science Technology II. Concepts and applications in Forensic Laboratory analysis will be continued within this course. In addition, the student will be exposed to forensic engineering specialties, such as fire and explosion investigation and vehicular accident reconstruction. The students will also go beyond the classroom into areas such as cybertechnology as well as various legal and ethical issues applicable to forensic science. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: Take FSC-420

FSC-436 | Criminalistics | 4 credits
An advanced examination of the techniques used to prepare samples and the instrumentation utilized in the analysis of forensic evidence in the crime laboratory will be explored. Evidence control, processing and chain of custody of samples in the laboratory will be reinforced. Instrumental techniques and confirmatory methods for identification of substances including the gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS), thin layer chromatography, refractive index measurements, density gradient analysis of soil, metal residue testing and DNA analysis will be presented. Lecture and laboratory
Prerequisite: Take FSC-420

FSC-490 | Seminar | 1 credit
This acts as the capstone course for the Forensic Science major. It is designed to give the student an opportunity to carry out a careful review of the literature on a topic of their choice; to write an abstract and paper on the topic; and to present the information in an oral report to the Division of Natural Science faculty and students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

FSC-498 | Laboratory Applications/Research | 2 to 6 credits
The laboratory applications/research provides the student with the opportunity to experience real world activities and applications within the field of forensic science. Students will be required to demonstrate introductory competency within two of the following forensic science laboratory applications: controlled substances, toxicology, trace evidence, firearms, fingerprint, impression or pattern analysis or questioned documents. Students may request credit towards completion of this requirement through participation in off-site internship programs. Specialty areas not listed, such as forensic entomology, forensic radiology etc., will be examined and discussed with the Forensic Science Program Director and the student upon request, to identify resources available for a suitable program of study within the specialty area. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor NOTE: This course may be taken in two credit increments but a total of six credits in this course is required for degree completion.