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FORSC 123: FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 130 with a grade of "C" or better or FORSC 231 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course will examine the various photographic techniques and evidentiary requirements specific to various types of crimes, crime scenes and environmental conditions. Students will develop proficiency in the various techniques and use of photographic equipment. Also included are proper practices and legal aspects to allow photographic evidence in court proceedings.

FORSC 244: CRIME SCENE BASICS

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is the scientific application of forensic science to criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system and covers various topics in forensics relating to physical and biological evidence. The course covers the history of forensics and the role and services of the crime laboratory. Physical properties are examined and biological evidence is examined using analytic methods, including various DNA techniques. Drug identification and field testing procedures are studied as is chemical analysis of the categories of controlled substances. Classes are conducted in a crime lab environment and students will gain hands-on experience by participating in practical assessments.

FORSC 245: CRIME SCENE PRACTICAL

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: FORSC 244 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is the application of crime scene investigation techniques and practices presented in FORSC 244, and as used by law enforcement agencies to enforce criminal and civil laws. This course will be held in a crime laboratory environment and students will participate in practical exercises to assess their ability to apply what they have learned.