Forensics

Courses

FRS 1000. Introduction To Forensic Science. 3 hrs.

This course examines the field of forensic science. The categories of criminalities, criminology, psychiatry, dentistry, handwriting, fingerprint comparison, toxicology, serology, and other specialties will be used in this course.

FRS 2010. Basic Prin Documentation & Communication. 3 hrs.

This course will acquaint the student with the necessary communication skills necessary to conduct a forensic investigation. Both written and oral aspects of communication will be explored including documentation of field investigation: completion of standard forms for data gathering; the use of computer animation; preparation for deposition procedures and courtroom decorum; and professional ethics in forensics. Prerequisite: FRS 1000 and CRJ 1000.

FRS 2030. Trace Evidence. 3 hrs.

This class examines trace evidence collection including the general principles of collecting particular types of evidence and laboratory organization and practices. The areas of trace evidence discussed include, but are not limited to: glass analysis, elemental analysis, paint analysis, fiber analysis, and hair analysis. The identification of impressions found at the crime scene will be discussed. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 and FRS 1000.

FRS 2040. Forensic Photography. 3 hrs.

This course examines photography procedures and methodologies applied to crime scenes and forensic evidence. Included will be the use of forensic light sources, digital photography as well as digital imaging. Hands-on applications and instructor feedback will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 and FRS 1000.

FRS 2050. Crime Scene Analysis. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of forensic crime scene analysis and the criminalist's role at the scene. This includes a detailed study of the various investigative and scientific aspects of crime scene analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the collection, preservation, identification, and packaging of evidence. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 and FRS 1000.

FRS 2280. Forensic Specialists Practicum. 4 hrs.

This course is a practicum arrangement whereby each student receives credit for work experience in a job related to course work in the criminal justice system. In addition to learning applications of course material, students will be responsible for their own success. Through planned interrelation of learning experiences in the classroom and on the job, this training strives to prepare the student for the job market. The Forensics Internship and Internship Seminar may be repeated once for credit in order to provide the student with the possibility of expanded experience within the field. If the internship is repeated, the intern must accept placement at an agency different than the first agency internship. This would allow students to gain hands-on experience with two separate agencies and improve their marketability upon graduation. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 and FRS 1000, consent of instructor and concurrent enrollment in FRS 2290.

FRS 2290. Forensic Specialists Practicum Seminar. 1 hr.

This course is a seminar course in which forensic specialist interns meet with the internship coordinator to discuss their experiences. This seminar will also provide a forum for assistance, problem solving, and/or concerns. The seminar course may be repeated once for credit along with the internship if the second course is taken at an agency different from the first internship. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in FRS 2280.