Forensic Science

FOSC 1206 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE (45-0-3)
Prerequisites: Program Admission
This introductory course will provide a broad overview of the areas in forensic science covered in higher level courses. Topics include the recognition, identification, individualization and evaluation of various types of physical evidence, forensic science and the law, and ethics in forensic science. The relationship of forensic science to the natural sciences and the use of the scientific method in forensic science will also be explored.

FOSC 2010 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION I (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206 with a C or better
A study of the methods and techniques of scientific crime scene investigation and analysis using principles from biology, chemistry, and physics to document, recognize, preserve and collect physical evidence. Topics covered include video recording, photography, sketching, and searching of crime scene along with proper collection and preservation methods.

FOSC 2011 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206 with a C or better
Designed to follow Crime Scene Investigation I, this course focuses on the specialized scene techniques needed to investigate, analyze, process and reconstruct crime scenes. Topics include presumptive testing, enhancement reagent, special scene techniques, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting reconstruction, pattern recognition and crime scene reconstruction.

FOSC 2012 FORENSIC TRACE EVIDENCE (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206
Trace evidence is often divided into two categories; chemistry and microscopy. This course is an introductory course in trace evidence to include the sub disciplines of hairs, fibers, arson, gunshot residue, explosives, paint, fracture match and fabric impression examinations and comparisons using microscopic and instrumental techniques. This course will also give the student who is interested in laboratory or CSI work practical experience in the area of trace evidence and how it relates to forensic science.

FOSC 2014 DOCUMENTATION AND REPORT PREPARATION (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1101, FOSC 1206 with a C or better
The effectiveness of quality notes, reports and accurate documentation in the investigative process are explained and performed. Preparation of a report, chain of custody documents and other forms with proper content, mechanics, elements and format will also be explained and performed. Topics include field or bench notes, documentation of observations, factual report writing, property and evidence reports, business letters, memorandums, proper grammar, proper sentence structure and characteristics essential to quality report writing and document preparation.

FOSC 2028 BLOODSTAIN PATTERN ANALYSIS (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206, FOSC 2010
Bloodstain pattern analysis is a tool used in crime scene investigations to reconstruct events and evaluate statements. Lectures on terminology and theory coupled with practical laboratory exercises will provide students with the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis. The understanding of scientific principles related to bloodstain pattern analysis and its relation to case work will be explored in addition to the identification and documentation of bloodstains and bloodstain patterns.

FOSC 2033 DEATH INVESTIGATION (45-0-3)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206
This course examines the fundamentals of a medicolegal death investigation, the operation of death investigation system and the role of the death investigator. Procedures required to assist the medical examiner/ coroner in determining the deceased persons cause and manner of death are discussed. Additional topics include autopsy technique, sudden and unexpected death, natural death, specific wound and injury characteristics, and child death.

FOSC 2035 FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY (30-60-4)
Prerequisites: FOSC 1206
The basic principles of photography generation and manipulation. Students will learn the basic camera operations including shutter speed, aperture, and lighting. Topics will include macro and micro photography, depth of field, digital cameras, and scene photography. Emphasis will be placed on the application of basic camera techniques to forensic science photography.

FOSC 2037 VICTIMOLOGY (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
While individuals have been crime victims for many years, victimology or the study of crime victims is a relatively recent discipline. The majority of criminological research and discussion has been focused on the offender rather than the victim. This course provides an overview of the principles and concepts of victimology, an analysis of victimization patterns and trends, and the role of victimology in the justice system. In addition the repercussions of victimization, victim reporting patterns and remedies available for victims are also explored.

FOSC 2039 COMPUTER FORENSICS (45-60-5)
Prerequisites: COMP 1000, CIST 1130, CIST 1401
The main goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of computer forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Students will gain a solid foundation in computer forensics and investigations. Most of the major personal computer operating system architectures and disk structures will be discussed. Students will learn how to set up an investigators office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Students will also learn the importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes. Finally, students will learn the details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments that teaches about theory as well as the practical application of computer forensic investigation.

FOSC 2040 FORENSIC FIREARMS AND TOOLMARK IDENTIFICATION (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: FOSC 1206
The course is an introduction to firearms, ammunition and ammunition components, microscopic comparison of questioned bullets, cartridge cases and toolmarks, distance determination, gunpowder and shotgun pattern analysis, serial number restoration, lock picking techniques, the examination of security devices such as padlocks and safes and the examination of firearm related injuries.

FOSC 2041 LATENT PRINT EXAMINATION (45-30-4)
Prerequisite: FOSC 1206
This course explains the history, biology, and basic principles of friction ridge analysis. Properly recording, processing, documenting, collecting, and preserving latent print evidence will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the analysis, comparison, and evaluation of latent prints. Various lab exercises will also be conducted to demonstrate processing methods used in latent print examination.

FOSC 2150 CASE PREPARATION AND COURTROOM TESTIMONY (30-60-4)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Examines the case file preparation, admissibility of evidence rulings, the criminal trial process, courtroom demeanor, and direct and cross examination techniques for courtroom testimony. Skills are performed in a mock courtroom setting by the students. Topics include fact and expert witnesses, pertinent case law, property and evidence reports, investigative and laboratory reports, preparation of the witness, witness credibility and proper courtroom appearance and demeanor.

FOSC 2200 FORENSIC FIREARM INJURIES, DISTANCE DETERMINATION AND FIREARM SAFETY (45-30-4)
Prerequisite: FOSC 1206, FOSC 2040
Firearm related injuries and distance determination, using the analysis of both gunshot residues and shotgun pattern analysis will be the focus of this course. The application of the scientific method, testing protocols, analysis of firearms injuries on victims and the reproduction and comparison of gunpowder and primer residues to determine the muzzle to target distance will also be explained. The functionality, maintenance, and safety testing of firearms will also be demonstrated.