Forensic Science Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (SBL 100)
Students participate in an inquiry-based, authentic research experience while developing basic core competencies needed for success in the life sciences, including written scientific communication, experimental design, and use of basic lab equipment. Emphasis is placed on the process of science, establishment of professional identity, and making connections to the liberal arts, such as ethics and the role of science in society. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.
Principles of Biology (SBL 105)
This course is intended for Health Science majors who are preparing for careers in a medical or an allied-health profession. It requires a high-school level understanding of biological and chemical concepts and prepares students for advanced courses in cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and human physiology. This course does not fulfill requirements for the Biology major. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Genetics (SBL 212)
Study of the basic principles of genetics. Topics include the molecular basis of heredity, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, structure and function of chromosomes, and biotechnological applications. Prerequisites: SBL100 and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL213. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Genetics Laboratory (SBL 213)
Investigative laboratory in which students gain practical experience in molecular genetic laboratory techniques. Prerequisites: SBL100, and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL212 or SBL238. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Medical Genetics (SBL 238)
Study of the structure and function of chromosomes and genes with an emphasis on the medical relevance of genetics. Topics include: gene and chromosome structure and function; clinical cytogenetics; genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors in disease; patterns of inheritance; genetic engineering and genome analysis; pharmacogenomics to develop therapies (both personalized and predictive) for treating hereditary disorders; and other competencies in genetics necessary for health professionals. This course is intended for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: (SBL160 and SBL161) or (SBL162 and SBL163) or (SHL214 and SHL215) or (SHL216 and SHL217) or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: SBL213 (excluding physician assistant and health science majors). Spring semester. 3 credits.
General Chemistry I (SCH 110)
A study of the basic concepts and fundamental principles of chemistry, designed for science majors, with emphasis on atomic structure, periodic trends, bonding, ionic and molecular structures, and aqueous chemical reactions. Students access and review scientific information, learning to critique credibility and reliability. With SCH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Quantitative Analysis I Laboratory (SCH 111)
Laboratory work is primarily quantitative, including volumetric and gravimetric analyses. An introduction to instrumental techniques is presented including visible and atomic absorption spectroscopy. With SCH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Corequisite: SCH110. 1 credit. Fee.
General Chemistry II (SCH 112)
Builds upon concepts from SCH110, with emphasis on gas laws, thermodynamics, properties of matter and solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Prerequisite: SCH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Quantitative Analysis II Laboratory (SCH 113)
Continuation of topics introduced in SCH111. Corequisite: SCH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Organic Chemistry I (SCH 210)
A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds for science majors. Molecular structure, structure-property relationships, synthesis, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of the major classes of organic compounds. Examples of biological relevance are given. Prerequisites: SCH112 and SCH113. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (SCH 211)
Common laboratory techniques involved in organic synthesis with purification, isolation of natural products, structure elucidation, and qualitative analysis are emphasized. Hands-on experience with instrumentation. Synthesis experiments coordinated with lecture courses. For science majors. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH210. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.
Organic Chemistry II (SCH 212)
Continuation of topics introduced in SCH210. Prerequisite: SCH210. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (SCH 213)
Continuation of topics introduced in SCH211. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH212. Spring semester. 2 credits. Fee.
Analytical Chemistry (SCH 214)
A study of analytical chemistry techniques including titrations, acid-base and buffer chemistry, and electrochemistry as well as foundational coverage of spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumental methods. Advanced statistical analysis and the use of computers for data analysis are employed. 100 minutes of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory instruction weekly. Prerequisite: SCH113. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Biochemistry (SCH 325)
Chemical structures and biological functions of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Survey of major metabolic pathways involving carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids. Structure-function relationships of biological membranes. Nucleic acid metabolism and protein synthesis. Recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
Biochemistry Laboratory (SCH 326)
Introduction to basic biochemical laboratory techniques such as spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrophoresis. Enzyme kinetics and isolation, purification, and characterization of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids are emphasized. Prerequisite: SCH213. Corequisite: SCH325. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.
Instrumental Analysis (SCH 354)
An in-depth study of instrumentation for chemical analysis and the principles of operation underlying modern instrumental methods; includes spectroscopy, chromatography and electro-analytical methods. Emphasis is on the atomic and molecular principles that instrumental methods employ and hands-on operation of instrumentation to collect and analyze data. Prerequisite: SCH214. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.
Internship (SCH 430)
An off-campus laboratory experience arranged by the student, with the assistance of the faculty. The student works in an industrial laboratory. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit.
Internship/Research Seminar (SCH 431)
Assessment of internship or research experience through a written research paper, public seminar, and presentation at a scientific conference. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH430 or SCH435. 1 credit.
Research (SCH 435)
Participation in research on campus or at a government laboratory or another academic institution. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Introduction to Criminal Justice (SCJ 110)
Provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States, including the historical and contemporary operation of police, courts, and corrections. Examines differences between the adult and juvenile justice systems. Reviews ethical guidelines for criminal justice professions. A 20-hour service learning requirement introduces students to the components, best practices, and career opportunities in the criminal justice field. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Law Enforcement in the Community (SCJ 200)
Surveys the history, function, and current operation of law enforcement in American society. Studies the role of the police in a democratic society and issues related to the proper boundaries of police authority and discretion. Examines the ethics, opportunities, and dangers of policing as a profession. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Fundamentals of Criminalistics (SFN 105)
This course provides an introduction to the broad range of forensic services offered by crime labs. The student gains an understanding of the scientific basis of forensic services through a general study of biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Topics include processing a crime scene, trace and contact evidence, identification of body fluids, DNA analysis, drugs of abuse, bloodstain patterns, fingerprints, and firearms. The student performs selected forensic techniques in the laboratory. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Interm Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SFN 205)
A study of laboratory, enhancement, and reconstructive techniques of bloodstain pattern analysis. The students create crime scenes and learn interpretation of bloodstain patterns including the string method. Weekly two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: SFN105. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Criminalistics (SFN 300)
A study of the theory and practice of physical evidence analysis performed at the crime scene and in the crime lab. Topics include organic and inorganic spectroscopic techniques, microscopes, controlled substances, toxicology, serology, DNA, hairs, fibers, arson analysis, fingerprints, and firearms and tool mark. Prerequisites: SCH210, SCH211, and SFN105. Corequisite: SFN301. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Criminalistics Laboratory (SFN 301)
This course has focus on the following fundamental laboratory techniques used by a criminalist for identification of physical evidence: wet chemical tests, density, refractive index, microscopy, fingerprint analysis, infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography, GC/Mass spectrometry, and electrophoresis. Writing Intensive course. Corequisite: SFN300. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Forensic Molecular Biology (SFN 316)
This course provides an in-depth study of forensic molecular biology and DNA analysis. Topics include DNA extraction, quantitation, PCR, and DNA analysis methods such as STR's and sequencing techniques. Students learn to interpret results of DNA analysis including mixtures and understand the probative value of this evidence. Weekly 3-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: SBL212, SBL213, SFN300, and SFN301. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.
Forensic Science in the Courtroom (SFN 320)
This course covers the legal aspects of forensic science and forensic science as it is applied to the courtroom. Topics include search warrants, establishing a chain of custody, quality control and quality assurance accreditation, the admissibility of evidence, major court decisions such as Frye and Daubert, qualifications of experts, expert testimony, and ethics. Students participate in mock trials. Prerequisite: SFN316 or permission of instructor. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry (SMA 130)
Real numbers, sets, relations, and functions. The calculus of one variable. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Calculator required. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Fall and spring semesters. 4 credits.
General Physics I (SPH 110)
A thorough introduction into physics for those majoring in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Topics include classical mechanics, heat, and electricity. With SPH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 3 credits.
General Physics I Laboratory (SPH 111)
Laboratory course to accompany SPH110. With SPH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SPH110. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
General Physics II (SPH 112)
A continuation of SPH110 with topics including magnetism, optics, and electricity. Prerequisite: SPH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
General Physics II Laboratory (SPH 113)
The laboratory course to accompany SPH112. Corequisite: SPH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Sociology of Deviance (SSO 280)
Studies cultural constructions of deviance and the changing nature of deviance in American society; various forms of deviant behavior, including organized crime and governmental and corporate deviance; and societal responses to deviance. Spring semester and ADP Session 2. 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.