CHEM 102: Forensic Science

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the science and legality involved in analyzing crime scenes. Specific aspects of forensic science involving the examination of physical, chemical, and biological items of evidence will be explored. Concepts of chemistry will be mastered in the classroom while the lab portion will consist of the forensic analysis of substances. By understanding the limitations of data, students will gain quantitative reasoning skills. Since forensic scientists need to have an understanding of the legal system to ensure that their actions and results are within the rules of law and are admissible in the courts, we will discuss the science in relation to famous case studies.

INFO 290. Academic Travel Course 0.25 to 0.5 course credits

This is an academic travel course focusing on investigative methods that will be studied at historic sites, in laboratories, in museums, or at other locations in the world. The course includes both on-campus meetings prior to departure and on-site lectures.

INFO 411. Independent Readings 0.25 to 1.0 course credits

In this course students will select a focused topic related to investigative forensics, do extensive reading on it, and present their findings. Because INFO 411 may be used by students as the capstone for the INFO minor, readings must come from three academic disciplines. Prerequisite: CHEM 102.

CHEM 325. Integrated Laboratory 0.5 course credit

Laboratory projects employing techniques from all areas of chemistry, but emphasizing synthesis and instrumental techniques. Scientific writing and presentation methods are addressed. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in CHEM 220, and CHEM 230. Co-requisite: CHEM 340.

CHEM 340. Instrumental Analysis 1.0 course credit

A study of the principles and practice of modern instrumental methods of analysis and of chemical instrumentation. Spectroscopic, chromatographic and surface analysis techniques are emphasized. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 220, and CHEM 230. Corequisite: CHEM 325.

ARTD 237(G). Photography: Digital 0.5 course credit

This class introduces the basic principles of digital photography. Students will learn digital camera operation and digital photo editing techniques.

COMM 236. Argumentation and Debate 1.0 course credit

An introduction to how logical arguments are structured and analyzed. Includes development of abilities in composing logically valid messages and avoiding fallacies, emphasis is placed on what makes arguments strong and effective. Portions of the course will be devoted to how arguments are used in various fields (e.g. Law, Journalism, Science, History, or Politics). Frequent in-class, written and oral practice will occur, including formal debating. Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 230, or permission by the instructor.

BIOL 204. Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.0 course credit

A systematic analysis of the structure and function of the human body. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in BIOL 150 or permission by the instructor.

BIOL 325. Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 1.0 course credit

Detailed study of human and comparative anatomy and physiology, emphasizing musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, neural, endocrine, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Advanced Anatomy and Physiology will build on fundamental knowledge acquired in BIOL 204. Laboratory exercises will be both descriptive and experimental. Prerequisite: A grade of C− or better in BIOL 204.