Investigating Forensic Science

FIS 10101



Forensic science is the application of scientific methods to matters involving the public.   One of its principle applications is the scientific analysis of physical evidence generated by criminal activity. During this laboratory course you will learn basic techniques used to analyze forensic evidence.  This will start with concepts in evidence documentation and collection.  You will then learn concepts used in pattern recognition, forensic chemistry and biology, and trace evidence.  There will be hands on activities in all these disciplines.  Topics will include but are not limited to crime scene, fibers, hairs, explosives, fire debris, serology, DNA, illicit drugs, fingerprints, footwear, questioned documents, inks, glass, paints, blood spatter, and soils. This course qualifies for the 30-credit hour university requirement in the general education core.