Forensic Laboratory Courses
Each student is required to complete 4 credits of laboratory. The BMFS program offers the following laboratory courses throughout the year.
Forensic Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (FS 708, 2 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to a variety of instrumentation and equipment utilized in the forensic laboratory and detail the methods used by forensic scientists for chemical and trace evidence analysis. Prerequisite: Forensic Chemistry or strong undergraduate background in Chemistry.
This laboratory-based course will give students an opportunity to apply the principles of forensic biology to actual samples. Techniques utilized will include screening tests, methods used to confirm the presence of specific biological material(s), microcrystalline tests, catalytic color tests, antigen-antibody interactions, gel diffusion and microscopic identification of cellular material. Concurrent/Prerequisite: Forensic Biology.
This lab-based course will provide theory and practice in procedures used in forensic DNA analysis. Sessions will include use of several DNA extraction techniques, clean technique for contamination prevention, real time PCR for human DNA quantitation, PCR amplification of STR loci and DNA profile analysis. Concurrent/Prerequisite: Forensic DNA Analysis.
Trace Evidence Analysis Laboratory (FS 807, 2 credits)
This laboratory-based course will provide hands-on experience with the methods, techniques and instruments used to analyze trace evidence, such as glass, paint, hairs and fibers, with the ultimate goal of identifying and comparing known trace evidence materials with questioned samples. Concurrent/Prerequisite: Trace Evidence Analysis.