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 provides an introduction to a variety of instrumentation and equipment utilized in the forensic laboratory and details methods for chemical and trace evidence analysis. Prerequisite: Forensic Chemistry or strong undergraduate background in Chemistry.
Forensic Biology Laboratory (FS 704, 2 credits)
In this laboratory course students apply the principles of forensic biology to actual samples. Techniques utilized 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.
Forensic DNA Analysis Laboratory (FS 721, 2 credits)
This course provides theory and practice in procedures used in forensic DNA analysis. Sessions include use of various DNA extraction techniques, cleaning 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 lab course provides 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.