Course Abstract Details

FSCI-210, Forensic Science

Credits: 3

Course Description

FSCI-210, Introduction to Forensic Science, introduces the student to the history, principles, and practices of the use of science in our criminal justice system. Examines the medical and legal uses of the forensic sciences and their specific application in the resolution of criminal investigations. Topics will include DNA analysis, fingerprints, firearms examinations, and trace evidence. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

FSCI-210, Forensic Science

Credits: 3

Course Description

FSCI-210, Introduction to Forensic Science, introduces the student to the history, principles, and practices of the use of science in our criminal justice system. Examines the medical and legal uses of the forensic sciences and their specific application in the resolution of criminal investigations. Topics will include DNA analysis, fingerprints, firearms examinations, and trace evidence. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:  This course is designed to provide the student with a broad understanding of the various aspects of forensic science. At the conclusion of this course, the student will: 

1. Develop a general understanding of the history of forensic science and how it has evolved through the years. (PG4) 

2. Develop a general understanding of the various forensic science disciplines and how they are related. (GE1, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

3. Demonstrate the basics of evidence collection. (GE2, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

4. Demonstrate the importance forensic science plays in court proceedings. (GE2, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

5. Develop a basic understanding of the importance of expert witness testimony.(GE2, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

6. Develop a general understanding of the basic principles of forensic science and how they are applied to the various disciplines. (GE2, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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