Coursework

Within the Bachelor’s 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 193 - Forensic Biology.  An exploration of techniques, applications, and social implication of forensic biology, including the science behind fingerprints, blood typing, DNA fingerprints, an other forensic areas.  Freshman seminar.  3 credit hours.
  • 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.
  • 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 reqruied 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 194 - Forensic Chemistry.  Introduction to the chemical tecniques used in criminal investigations. Freshman seminar.  3 credit hours.
  • 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.  Aliphatic and aromatic compounds of carbon; relationships between structure and reactivitiy.  3 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 250 - The Criminal Justice System.  Evaluation of formal institutions dealing with crime in Western culture; overview of major components of the criminal justice system.
  • CJ 290 - Introduction to Forensic Science.  This course introduces te concepts and methods involved in applying scientific principles to the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of evidence.  3 credit hours.

 

Eight-Semester Plans for Forensic Science

 

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