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Introduction To Forensics

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This course provides an introduction to forensic science. This survey course is developed specifically for non-science majors to familiarize them with the different forensic science disciplines, the types of examinations crime laboratories conduct, and how forensic science is applied in current American criminal justice systems. Students gain a basic understanding of the principles of science, specifically the scientific method and its application.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    The Components of Forensic Science

    • Identify forensic science disciplines.
    • Explain the capabilities of forensic science.
    • Discuss the history and development of forensic science.
    • Describe the role of the forensic expert.

    Biological Evidence

    • Identify the structure and genetic properties of DNA.
    • Identify DNA typing techniques.
    • Discuss the collection and preservation of biological evidence.
    • Identify the various types of biological evidence.

    Physical Evidence

    • Identify types of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes.
    • Discuss legal issues surrounding physical evidence encountered at crime scenes.
    • Identify the collection and preservation of firearms evidence.


    • Identify procedures associated with crime scene evaluation.
    • Identify methods of recording the crime scene.
    • Discuss the procedures for collecting and packaging physical evidence.
    • Analyze crime scene safety.

    Additional Topics for Science and the Detective

    • Identify the toxicology of drugs.
    • Identify the forensic characteristics of document examination.
    • Describe the roles of the forensic pathologist, forensic anthropologist, and forensic entomologist.
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