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FIS 50500 Current Issues in Forensic Science

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course will cover a range of topics that are critical to modern day forensic science.  This will include material on crime scene investigation, forensic chemistry, and forensic biology.
  • Prerequisites: Open only to majors admitted M.S. program.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Instructors: John Goodpaster and Christine Picard

FIS 50600 Advanced Forensic Microscopy

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course covers advanced techniques in the analysis of forensic trace evidence. Topics include review of common forensic laboratory microscopes such as stereomicroscope, compound light microscope, and polarizing light microscope.  Analysis of trace evidence with more complex use of microscopes and instrumental microscopy will include; mineral content in soil, dispersion of glass particles, physical matches and impressions of trace evidence, and polymer identification.
  • Prerequisites: Advanced Forensic Microscopy (FIS 50600) has a prerequisite of an undergraduate microscopy course or a microscopy unit within an undergraduate course.  Students must provide documentation of undergraduate microscopy experience at the time of application into the graduate program (e.g., transcripts or course syllabi)  If students don't meet the prerequisite requirement, graduate students must complete Forensic Microscopy (FIS 40600) during the fall semester of enrollment.  This course must be completed with a C or higher to enroll in the Advanced Forensic Microscopy course during the spring semester.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Instructor: Adrienne Kelley

FIS 50800 Forensic Laboratory Management

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: This course will focus on the management of forensic science laboratories to include various organizational models, budgeting and common laboratory policies.  Other issues that may be discussed include differences in the management style (if any) that are needed for public and private sector laboratories, strategies for employee recruitment, training and retention, managing workflow and maintaining compliance with accreditation bodies such as ASCLD-LAB and ISO.
  • Prerequisites: FIS 50500
  • Semester(s) Offered: Summer

FIS 51100 Forensic Chemistry I

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course will focus on the analysis and identification of commonly abused chemicals such as ethanol, inhalants, controlled substances and prescription drugs.  The history, legal issues, synthesis, chemical/physical properties, and laboratory analysis of these materials will be discussed.  Special topics will also include source determination by isotope ratio mass spectrometry, impurity profiling or genetic analysis, newly introduced analytical methods such as desorption ionization techniques in mass spectrometry and investigations of the mechanisms for canine detection of drugs.  An optional laboratory section will also be offered in which students will complete practical exercises utilizing spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry that reflect common practice in forensic science laboratories.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: 50500.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Instructors: John Goodpaster

FIS 51200 Forensic Chemistry II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course covers major techniques used in the analysis of chemical evidence commonly encountered at crime scenes, focusing on instrumental methods, sample preparation, and data analysis. There are lecture and laboratory components for each method.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: 50500; P: 51100
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Instructors: Nicholas Manicke

FIS 51500 Forensic Science and the Law

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course entails an overview of the justice system and the roles of participants in the Federal and Indiana courts.  This includes the application of various laws and rules of evidence to the forensic sciences and how the admission of evidence derived from forensic sciences can impact the administration of justice in the United States. Topics include discovery of evidence, preparation for testimony, expert testimony, subpoenas, basic judicial processes, admissibility of scientific evidence.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

FIS 52100 Forensic Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Forensic identification of biological evidence including blood and other body fluids, methods in DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification of forenisc loci, analysis and interpretation of forensic DNA profiles.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: FIS 50500
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Instructors: Christine Picard

FIS 53000 Population Genetics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course will serve as an introduction to the principles of population genetics.   The course will cover the theory behind population genetics that includes a historical perspective to the current accepted models of population theory; examine the relationships between allele and genotype frequencies, and the fundamentals of molecular evolutionary genetics.  
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Instructor: Susan Walsh

FIS 59000 Special Topics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Lecture or lecture/lab courses offered on topic areas that are not part of the regular M.S. curriculum. These topics may include: firearms and tool marks, questioned documents, forensic pathology, fingerprints, and others. They are electives in the M.S. in Forensic Science Program.

FIS 59700 Laboratory Project Design

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Develop a graduate level research project in forensic science, including literature searches, writing a research proposal, and defending the proposal.
  • Prerequisites: FIS 50500
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Instructor: Christine Picard

FIS 69500 Seminar in Forensic Science

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Group meetings for review and discussion of current topics in forensic and investigative sciences. All graduate students are required to attend.
  • Semester(s) Offerred: Fall
  • Instructor: John Goodpaster

FIS 69600 Special Topics in Forensic Science

  • Credit Hours: 1-4
  • Course Summary: Selected research and topics of current interest to the field of forensic and investigative sciences. May be repeated for credit provided that the topic is different.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: FIS 50500 and consent of instructor

FIS 69800 Research M.S. Thesis

  • Credit Hours: 1-10
  • Course Summary: Credit hours arranged.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
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