LSCJ 4123: Introduction to Forensic Science
With the many related news reports, television programs, movies and books, it is no surprise that the field of forensic science has captured the attention of much of the general public. This course exposes students to various forensic science disciplines and stimulates lifelong learning skills by having students apply scientific principles and ideas and then relate them to criminal investigations and our legal system.
Forensic science is defined as the science of associating people, places and things involved in criminal activities. Forensic science is interdisciplinary in nature and includes fields such as drug identification, toxicology, latent prints, forensic biology, digital evidence, firearms and trace analysis. In all areas of forensic science the basic tenets are the same: recognition, collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence.
In this class, students become the forensic scientist and apply the scientific method to process a crime scene, determine the sex of skeletal remains, determine the order of bullet holes in glass and identify a bank robber through handwriting comparisons. They learn about what goes on “behind the scenes” of criminal investigations, and how to apply those skills to serve the public good.
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