Coursework

Within the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree offering, you can choose from two concentration options and courses in a wide range of subjects:

Concentrations within the degree

Coursework

 Biology courses prepare you to identify human biological evidence using serological and DNA analysis techniques. 
  • BIOL 240 - Introdution to Genetics.  Introduction to principles of Genetics, including Mendelian and molecular genetics.  Topics include: Mendelism, linkage, recombination, DNA structure and function, geomics, evolution of development, molecular evolution.  4 credit hours.
  • FS 330 - Population Genetics for Forensic Science.  An overview of human genetic variation and molecular population genetics as applied to forensic DNA analysis in a crime laboratory as well as the courtroom. 3 credit hours.
  • BIOL 333 - Cell and Molecular Biology.  Viral, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic cell structure; DNA structure and replication; RNA and protein synthesis; control and gene expression.  Structure and function of specific cell types.  4 credit hours (includes required laboratory).
  • BIOL 422 - Forensic Biology.  Principles of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis, decomposition, autopsy, forensic databases, and bioterrorism.  4 credit hours (includes required laboratory). 
  • CHEM 462 - Molecular Bioinformatics.  Provides experience in thecomputer analysis of DNA and protein sequences, interrogating gene bank databases, and predicting protein structures and functions.  4 credit hours (includes required laboratory).
  • CHEM 463 - Molecular Biotechnology.  Overview of modern biotechnology from a molecular perspective. 3 credit hours. 
  • CHEM 464 - Genomics.  Molecular aspects of cellular genomes. 3 credit hours.

Chemistry courses prepare you how apply analytical chemistry to facts of legal significance, including analysis of hair, fibers, drugs, and explosives. 

  • CHEM 232 - Quantitative Analysis.  Theory and practice of methods to quantitatively determine chemical compounds including equilibria, redox reactions, and spectrophotometry.  4 credit hours (includes required laboratory).
  • CHEM 241/242 - Organic Chemistry I and II.  Aliphatic and aromatic compounds of carbon; relationships between structure and reactivity.  4 credit hours.
  • CHEM 361 - Principles of Biochemistry.  Structure and properties of biomolecules; central principles of metabolism.  3 credit hours.
  • CHEM 370 - Instrumental Analysis I.  Introduction to instrumental methods, including gas and iquid chromotography, infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopy, and photometric methods.  4 credit hours (includes required laboratory).

Criminal Justice courses introduce you to the federal, state and local law enforcement.

  • CJ 150 - The Criminal Justice System.  Evaluation of formal institutions dealing with crime in Western culture; overview of major components of the criminal justice system. 3 credit hours.
  • CJ 323 - Crime Scene Investigations. A survey of methods and techniques used in the scientific investigation of criminal offenses. 3 credit hours.

 

 

 

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