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Bachelor of Science
Forensic Biology

Course Highlights

INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE (CHEM 106) - This is an introductory course for non-science majors who have little or no background in biology or chemistry and a minimal mathematical background. The course introduces basic chemical principles and their application to the collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence. Provides an overview of crime science investigation, physical and biological evidence, and courtroom procedures. 

WILDLIFE FORENSICS (BIOL 481/481L) - Wildlife crime is a big international business that generates billions of revenue, causing an immediate threat to our ecosystems. The crimes include poaching, illegal pet trade, smuggling, and many others that cause primary concerns to many endangered species. A wildlife forensic investigator applies forensics science to conserve and protect our wildlife. This subfield of forensics consists of a range of subjects in biology such as DNA analysis, entomology, morphological identification, pathology, just to name a few. This course will examine the different topics that might be required in a wildlife forensic case.

FORENSIC MEDICINE (BIOL 430) - This course is designed to present the basic concepts in forensic medicine and pathology particularly as it relates to crime scene investigations. Topics will include medicolegal processes, cause of death, homicide, drug overdoses, unexpected or accidental deaths, natural deaths, deaths from poison, motor vehicular deaths, asphyxia, fire deaths and child deaths. Additional material that discusses the involvement of environmental factors (temperature, insects, post-mortem processes) will also be discussed as they relate to crime scene investigations. Students will learn to diagnose, determine cause of death, and evaluate other types of biological evidence. No lab is required. Prerequisite: BIOL-111.

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Must maintain a C- average during undergrad