Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of drug evidence by describing the effects of drugs, and explaining the processing of evidence for criminal investigation.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of forensic toxicology by describing the use of poisonous substances in crimes, explaining techniques to detect evidence of poison, and summarizing the role of toxicologists in criminal investigations.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of document examination by describing the process of examining document authenticity, and summarizing techniques to recognize counterfeit materials.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of trace evidence by describing the instruments used in the forensic lab, explaining testing techniques used for trace evidence, and summarizing the significance of the results of trace evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of forensic entomology by describing types of types of insects and arthropods as evidence, explaining testing techniques used for forensic entomology, and explaining the importance of insect analysis by forensic entomologists.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of forensic anthropology by describing types of evidence, summarizing evidence identification techniques in forensic anthropology, and explaining the use of evidence in the criminal justice system.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital evidence by describing types of digital evidence, explaining the collection of digital evidence, and explaining methods used to examine digital evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of advancements in forensic science by describing types of forensic technology, summarizing new testing techniques in forensic science, and explaining advances in other disciplines impacting forensic science.