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Number:SC345
Name:Forensic Science: Death Investigation
Description:This course provides an in depth study of Forensic Science, focusing primarily on Forensic Pathology. This course covers a variety of forensic topics including Forensic Pathology, Forensic Medical Evaluation, Forensic Anthropology, Estimating Time of Death, Wounds, Blood Pattern Interpretation, Fire & Explosion Investigation and more. Classes include lectures, slides, films, hands on lab activities, and guest speakers. The class is appropriate for students majoring in Criminal Justice, Political Science, or Pre-Law. Non-majors will also find the course interesting and informative. (Please Note: Due to the extremely graphic nature of some of the material covered, students should use their discretion in electing to take this Forensics course.)
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):periodically
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s):

Course Objectives

1. Gain knowledge of multiple different areas of Forensic Science involved in death investigation. 2. Comprehend the accuracy and limitations of current forensic techniques. 3. Appreciate how forensic techniques are performed in real life situations. 4. Utilize forensic principals to understand case presentations and current news items. 5. Foster an enduring interest in science.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
S 2015 FORENSIC SCIENCE-W/VITALSOURCE ACCESS JAMES 4TH 14 TAYLOR
S 2014 FORENSIC SCIENCE JAMES 3RD 09
S 2013 Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investig 1-4200-6493-2 James, Stuart H. 3RD 09 CRC Press I, LLC
S 2011 FORENSIC SCIENCE 1-4200-6493-2 JAMES 3 CRC PRESS,I
S 2010 FORENSIC SCIENCE 1-4200-6493-2 JAMES 3 CRC