COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
FORS201 Forensic Science
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 or permission of instructor This course covers basic theories of physical evidence processing, identification, collection, chain custody, fingerprints, trace materials, toxicology, blood, semen, and DNA. In addition, other types of physical evidence issues will be discussed.
FORS201L Forensic Science Lab
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 or permission of the instructor Concurrent with FORS 201 This course supplements FORS 201 and covers the basic biology, chemistry, and instrumentation techniques used in the identification, documentation, collection, and analysis of forensic evidence. This course will familiarize the student with the role of the forensic laboratory within the criminal justice system.
FORS320 Forensic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 130, 130L, 310, 310L, 316 Concurrent with FORS 320L This course covers the applications of principles, methods, and instrumentation of chemistry to forensic problems. This course covers topics most commonly applicable to the everyday functions of a crime laboratory professional. This course lays out the detailed principles of forensic chemistry that are required of forensic scientists in an accredited program.
FORS320L Forensic Chemistry Lab
Prerequisites: CHEM 130, 130L, 310, 310L, 316 Concurrent with FORS 320 This is a hands-on course on current analytical methods utilized in today's modern forensic laboratories. Various analytical methods currently being used in modern forensic science laboratories will be performed utilizing chromatography (thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, high- performance liquid chromatography). Infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy and wet chemistry techniques will also be addressed.
FORS430 Special Topics in Forensic Sci.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101, 300 and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor This course is an examination and evaluation of current issues in the field of forensic science related to the scientific analysis of physical evidence in criminal investigations. Individual and/or group activities related to the profession of forensic science within the criminal justice system. Topics will vary. The course may be repeated, if topic is different.
FORS431 Crime Scene Investigation
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101, 300, and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor This course is a study of the methods and techniques of scientific crime scene investigation, documentation, and recognition of physical evidence, collection, and crime scene reconstruction.
FORS432 Death Invest-Scene to Court
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, senior standing as criminal justice or forensic science major plus CJUS 101, 300, 330, and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor This course offers an in-depth study of the principles and techniques associated with investigating homicides; suicides; and accidental, natural, or equivalent deaths. While considering the sociological, psychological, and legal aspects typically found in these cases, the process will take the student from the scene to the court-criminal or civil.
FORS433 Forensic Entomology
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, BIOL 347, CJUS 300, and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor This course will focus on the medico legal aspects of forensic entomology, including arthropod-mediated fate of corpses. Coverage will include life history, ecology, behavior, and other aspects of those insects that scavenge on carrion and how they affect the interpretation of a potential crime scene. Also covered will be practical aspects of the job of a forensic entomologist. Students will present a topic of their choice after a preliminary set of lectures.
FORS433L Forensic Entomology Lab
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, BIOL 347, CJUS 300, and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor Concurrent with FORS 433 This lab allows students to gain first-hand experience identifying the various insects of forensic significance, and then partake in a series of field projects that introduce the collection of entomological evidence from carrion. Students will be exposed to an actual carrion research project and research the postmortem interval using carrion to determine the unknown time since death.
FORS434 Seminar in Forensic Science
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101, 300, and FORS 201 or permission of the instructor This course is an examination and evaluation of current issues in the scientific analysis of physical evidence in criminal investigations. The course includes individual and group activities relating to professional practices of forensic science and the criminal justice system.
FORS490 Internship in Forensic Science
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, senior status in the forensic science major, permission of the forensic science program administrator, minimum 2.75 GPA and a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay This course involves guided work-study experiences within the practical world of forensic science and the crime laboratory. Internship will also provide students with the relevant experience crime laboratory directors seek from applicants. This will provide experience in general laboratory procedures as well as safety processes that are employed in forensic laboratories. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.