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Courses in Forensic Science (FOR)

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200. Fundamental Concepts in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—2 hours; fieldwork—0.25 hours; lecture/laboratory—0.25 hours; seminar—0.5 hours. Overview of forensic science. Problem definition, strategies for problem solving, analytical tools, and professional and ethical considerations.—F. (F.) Sensabaugh

205. Microscopy and Microanalytical Methods in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—1 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program; a minimum, year each of the following chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, & physics. Introduction to optical and electron microscopy. Transmission, diffraction, reflection and absorption; polarized light and polarizing crystals; phase contrast. Radiography; image recording, SEM analysis of gunshot residues, paints, glass. EDS, XRF analysis, signal-to-noise ratios, minimum detectable levels and homogeneity. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) van Benthem

207. Advanced Spectroscopy Methods in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Restricted to Forensic Science Graduate program or consent of instructor. Discuss, evaluate and interpret advanced molecular spectra/structure, Infrared Spectroscopy, such as chemical applications of spectroscopic methods, vibrational, rotational spectra; electronic spectra, photoelectron spectroscopy generated by various analytical instruments used in forensic science community. Offered in alternate years.—F. (F.) Wood

210. Personal Identification Methods in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. Forensic Science Program or consent of instructor. Methods for identifying individuals from evidence collected at crime scenes, suspects or victims, crime scene examination and analytical methods used to support such investigations. Topics include forensic anthropology and odontology; latent prints; shoe prints; facial reconstruction/recognition; eyewitness identifications; biometric systems.—S. (S.) Hopkins

212. Scientific Evidence and Courtroom Testimony (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate students enrolled in the MS Forensic Science program or by consent of instructor. Explores the relationship between science and the criminal justice system. Admissibility of scientific testimony and documentary proof during the trial, concepts of relevancy, hearsay and opinion rule, examination of expert witnesses, impact of Kelley-Fry and Daubert decisions & court testimony.—W. (W.) Chamberlain, Maucieri

215. Forensic Fire and Arson Investigation (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: open only to students enrolled in the M.S. Forensic Science program or by consent of the Forensic Science Program Director. Principles and techniques of scientific investigation of fires and related crimes; offer peer-reviewed protocols for processing fire and explosion scenes; discuss recognition, collection, analysis of physical evidence, and describe the scientific method for decision-making in fire/arson investigation. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) DeHaan

218. Technical Writing in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—2 hours; extensive writing or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor required for all students not enrolled in the Forensic Science program. Restricted to graduate standing in the Forensic Science program. How to write clear, credible forensic science reports and scientific articles, that (a) serve the ends of the justice system, (b) meet their readers' varying needs and (c) reflect well on the author.—F, S. (F, S.) Neumann

220. Analysis of Toxicants (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: coursework in organic chemistry. Principles of microanalysis of toxicants. Theoretical considerations regarding separation, detection and quantitative determination of toxicants using chemical and instrumental techniques. (Same course as Environmental Toxicology 220.)—F. (F.) Zhang

221L. Forensic Science Analytical Instrumentation (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours. Methodology and instruments used for the analysis of substances of interest in the discipline of Forensic Science. Practical experience with modern instrumental techniques & methodologies used in the advanced forensic science laboratory. Limited to students accepted in the Forensic Science Graduate program or subject to the approval of the instructor if the student has the appropriate chemistry, calculus and physics courses required of students in the graduate forensic science program.—F. (F.) Land

240. Homicide Crime Scene Investigation (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Restricted to Forensic Science Masters Program Students; enrollment is limited to 15 students per class. Processing and evaluating complex homicide scenes. Functions and activities of police agencies. Recognition, documentation, identification, and collection of evidence. Event sequence reconstruction. Evidence collection, preservation, report writing. Courtroom presentation.—F, S. (F, S.) Hopkins

263. Forensic Computer Science Investigations (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate student; consent of instructor. Restricted to students in the Forensic Science Graduate program unless approved by instructor. Discuss the threats to the security of any kind of evidence that is captured, transmitted, or stored digitally and develop critical thinking and basic knowledge of computer forensic science issues in the evaluation of digital evidence.—S. (S.) 

268. Statistics in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program or by consent of Forensic Science Program Director. Statistics that are used by the forensic scientist, their limitations/applications in presenting evidential results in such areas as DNA-STR results, trace evidence correlation, fingerprint statistics, population sampling and the Bayes method. Offered in alternate years.—W. (W.)

277. Forensic Genetics; Next Generation Techniques and Applications (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: undergraduate courses in fundamental and applied principles of: genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, or consent of instructor. Restricted to Forensic Science Graduate students (GFOR) or consent of instructor. Review organization/function of the human genome, recent developments, next generation sequencing techniques including the preparation of DNA samples, principles of the new generation sequencing assay formats and biochemical reactions. Will include quality control parameter, and bioinformatic approaches. Offered in alternate years.—F. 

278. Molecular Techniques (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Recombinant DNA technology and its applications. (Same course as Environmental Toxicology 278.) Offered in alternate years.—(F.) Denison, Rice

280. Forensic DNA Analysis (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: coursework in genetics and molecular biology. Graduate standing; consent of instructor required for all students not enrolled in the MS Forensics program. Foundation in theory and practice of forensic DNA analysis; past, present, and emerging technologies; legal and quality assurance issues. DNA extraction, DNA quantitation, multiplex amplification of STR loci, capillary electrophoresis of amplified products, and analysis of STR typing data. (Same course as Environmental Toxicology 280.)—W. (W.) Von Beroldingen

281. Principles and Practice of Forensic Serology and DNA Analysis (3)

Lecture—2 hours; lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course/Environmental Toxicology 278 or course/Environmental Toxicology 280, or equivalent; consent of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program or by consent of Forensic Science Program Director. Comprehensive overview of forensic serology and DNA typing techniques and technologies. Strong emphasis on real-world applications, including preservation and tracking of biological evidence, detection and identification of bodily fluids, and methods to extract, quantify, and type human DNA. (Same course as Environmental Toxicology 281.)—S. (S.) Rodzen

283. Forensic Biology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science program or by consent of the Forensic Science Program Director. Overview of the foundational concepts in forensic biology: chemistry and molecular biology of biological evidence, genetic basis of biological uniqueness, evolutionary basis of species differences, patterns and dynamics of evidence deterioration, and the legal/professional considerations associated with biological evidence.—W. (W.) Sensabaugh

284. Non-Human Forensic DNA—Theory and Casework Application (2)

Lecture—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor required for all students not enrolled in the MS Forensics program; upper division Molecular Biology and Genetics or its equivalent. Restricted to graduate standing. Provides a comprehensive understanding of plant and animal forensic biology in terms of sample collection, preservation, analytical methods, and of the invaluable lines of inquiry these forensic evidence may permit. (Same course as Environmental Toxicology 284.) Offered in alternate years.—F. 

289. Survey in Forensic Science (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program. Analytical methods in contemporary forensic science. Clandestine laboratories in California, crime scene management, examination and analysis of human hair, forensic ballistics/trajectory reconstruction, shoe/tire print impressions, serial number restoration, forensic aspects of alcohol impairment, bloodstain pattern interpretation, microscopy of building materials, biological aspect of forensic science. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.—W. (W.) Hopkins

290. Seminar in Forensic Science (1)

Seminar—3 hours. Students will be exposed to topical areas in Forensic Science by presentations conducted by expert guest speakers. The seminar will also serve as a medium whereby the exiting students will present the research conducted as part of their thesis requirement. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program. (S/U grading only.)—F, S. (F, S.) Hopkins

290C. Graduate Research Conference in Forensic Science (1)

Independent study—1 hour. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program. Individual and/or group conference on problems, progress and techniques in forensic science and research. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) Hopkins

293. Forensic Science Research Methodology (2)

Lecture—1.5 hour; extensive writing or discussion—0.5 hours. Restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Forensic Science program or by consent of the instructor. Introduction to identification, formulation, and solution of meaningful scientific problems encountered in the Forensic Science area including experimental design and/or theoretical analysis of new and prevailing techniques, theories and hypotheses. Students will present and defend their thesis research/journal article proposals. (S/U grading only.)—W. (W.) Kimsey

298. Group Study in Forensic Science (1-5)

Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Research in Forensic Science (1-12)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

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