Forensic Science

You may satisfy the requirements for the specialization in Forensic Science by completing a minimum of 9 hours from the following courses:

 

JS 110 - Introduction to Forensic Science
Survey of major components of forensic science such as death investigation, toxicology, osteology, document examination, psychiatry, odontology, law, and criminalistics. Emphasis on scientific fact-finding approach in development of factual data from persons and things, including applications of deductive and inductive reasoning.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 125 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Overview of issues involving the intersection of law and psychology. Focus on role of clinical assessment of competency, scientific jury selection, expert witnesses in court, punishment and sentencing, and related issues.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 250 - Criminalistics: An Overview
Introduction to identification and application of major types of physical trace evidence in criminal cases involving analysis and comparison. Laboratory component included; Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 350 - Forensic Science Lab I
Introduction to basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on those derived from physical contact leaving impressions. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100,CJ 101, and CJ 110; or JS 100 and JS 101 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 351 - Forensic Science Lab II
Basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on trace evidence. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 352 - Forensic Science Lab III
Basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on biological materials. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 402 - Introduction to Computer Forensics
Introduction to the use of analytical and investigative techniques in criminal or civil litigation to identify, collect, examine and preserve evidence/information magnetically stored or encoded.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 450 - Questioned Death Investigation
Introduction to and analysis of questioned deaths, including techniques used in case investigation; overview and history of coroners' offices in the U.S. Laboratory fee charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 453 - Investigation of Fires and Explosions
Introduction to arson investigation including overview of specific techniques used in case investigation. Laboratory fee charged.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 456 - Forensic Anthropology
Introduction to branch of anatomy concerned with the study of the structure and function of bones with particular emphasis on ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3