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ANP 51 Forensic Anthropology

This course is a study of the scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to help identify human remains and understand the circumstances surrounding death. It also examines the contribution of forensic anthropology to the medicolegal community involved in solving both criminal and humanitarian cases of unexplained deaths. Three hours lecture – 3 credits. Prerequisites: ANP 1 or permission.
Spring 3 credits.

BIO 107 Principles of Human Genetics

A study of Mendelian inheritance, multiple gene inheritance, gene structure and function, gene mapping mutation, gene regulation, evolutionary genetics and other basic concepts in genetics. The laboratory will consist of exercises utilizing microorganisms, viruses, insects, and plants. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory/field work.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: BIO 103 & 104 or BIO 7 & 8.
Fall 4 credits.

CHM 37 Quantitative Analysis

A study of classical gravimetric and volumetric quantitative determinations. The theory and practice of some of the more modern techniques of instrumental method are studied. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 4.
Spring 4 credits.

CHM 39 Forensic Instrumentation

This course gives the student a basic understanding of the theory and applications of the methods of modern analytical chemistry as applied to forensic problems. It will show how spectroscopy, separation methods and other techniques can be applied to forensic tasks such as illicit drug analyses, residue analyses, forensic toxicology, explosive and arson investigations, and hair, paint and fiber evidence. Laboratory experiments will be performed to provide experience in using the methods discussed. Three-hour lecture. Four-hour laboratory.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: CHM 22 and 37
Spring 4 credits.

CHM 71 Basic Biochemistry

A one-semester introduction to the major concepts of biochemistry including carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory - Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 22 or 25.
Spring 4 credits.

CRJ 76 Criminal Procedure

Survey of the constitutional rights and safeguards of individuals from unlawful activities of investigative agencies. Rules of evidence and the protection of individual rights in the administration of criminal justice.
Prerequisites: none.
Fall 3 credits.


HSMB 71 Introduction to Criminalistics

The course includes an overview of forensic science laboratory techniques. The subject introduces the student to information collected and chain of custody followed at the crime scene; photography; physical evidence and its properties (trace evidence, fingerprints; firearms; fibers; paint; documents examination). This subject includes principles of microscopy; serology (blood identification procedures); origin determination; semen identification procedures; other biological substances of interest; hair comparison; drugs and toxicology; casework interpretation; quality control, proficiency testing and accreditation; and recent criminal cases. Lectures, demonstrations, and basic laboratory exercises are used to present the subject matter. One hour lecture. Four hour laboratory.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: none
Fall Semester 3 credits.

HSMB 255 Toxicology

This course covers the instrumental methods of assay. Toxicologic and pharmacologic action on and by the host organism are examined along with a review of major drug and toxin types. Special topics of interest are covered in the detection and identification of drugs in biological fluids. Three-hour lecture.
Prerequisites: CHM 22
Fall 3 credits.

HSMB 256 Diagnostic Techniques in Molecular Pathology

Molecular diagnostics is the application of methods in biotechnology to assist in the diagnosis of disease at the cellular level. Biotechnology involves techniques used in molecular biology that are applied to the study of abnormal cells. Techniques used in biotechnology are: cell culture, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), immunohistochemistry, cloning and genetic probes. Formal lectures are followed by experiments in a laboratory equipped to perform some of the aforementioned techniques. Additionally, the use of the internet will be demonstrated as a means of accessing databases. Three hours lecture and five hours laboratory.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: BMS 80
Spring 4 credits.

HSMB 257 Forensic Molecular Techniques

This subject provides a detailed introduction to, and history of, forensic molecular techniques and applications, and covers relevant principles from genetics and biochemistry. This subject includes principles of forensic DNA profiling and repetitive DNA in the human genome; individualization versus identification; how genetic polymorphisms arise and are maintained; continuous versus discrete allele systems; DNA isolation methods; RFLP (Restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis methods; short tandem repeat (STR) markers; PCR-based typing systems; automated systems and DNA databases; applications of mitochondrial DNA analysis; linkage, pedigree analysis, and reverse paternity; introductory applied statistics for forensic laboratories. Three hours lecture and five hours laboratory.
Laboratory Fee.
Prerequisites: HSMB 256
Fall 4 credits.

HSMB 271 Forensic Science Internship

Independent laboratory and study (internship). A 10-week (minimum 20 hours/week), full-time internship in a crime laboratory covering the following functions: document collection and examination, instrumental analysis, chemistry, toxicology, serology, crime scene review, special photography, explosive and incendiary device recovery, trace evidence collection, comparative microscopy in firearms and tool marks. This course is a 200hour (minimum 20 hours/week) supervised practical experience.
Prerequisites: BMS 71, 256 and CHM 39.
Fall, Spring, Summer: 2 credits