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Undergraduate Forensic Chemistry Courses

  • CHEM 4840 - Forensic Chemistry I: Arson, Explosives and DNA

    Survey topics, which are not included in CHEM 4870 or law enforcement technology (LET) courses, relevant to the modern crime lab. These topics will be focused on arson and explosives analysis and DNA analysis. The DNA section will survey the techniques and instrumentation used in the identification, extraction, and analysis of DNA obtained from forensic evidence with an emphasis on electrophoretic methods of analysis. Topics include the identification and extraction of blood stains, DNA analysis by restriction fragment length polymorphisms, PCR amplified length and sequence polymorphisms, STR systems, Amelogenin markers, Y-chromosome markers and mitochondrial DNA sequencing. Electrophoretic techniques and statistical interpretation of data will also be covered. Other topics may also be included.

    Requisites: C- or better in CHEM 4310

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • CHEM 4840L - Forensic Chemistry I lab: Arson, Explosives and DNA

    Laboratory to accompany CHEM 4840.

    Requisites: (C- or better in CHEM 4310) and (4840 concurrent)

    Credits: 2

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 laboratory

  • CHEM 4850 - Introduction to Toxicology

    Introduction to chemical, clinical, environmental, and forensic aspects of toxicology, types of poisions, how poisons act, treatment of acute poisoning, and control of poisonous materials.

    Requisites: C- or better in (CHEM 4890 or 4901)

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • CHEM 4870 - Forensic Chemistry II: Procedures, Drugs and Trace Analysis

    Surveys chemical problems most frequently encountered in crime labs and their currently acceptable solutions, as well as special techniques not covered in other analytical chemistry courses.

    Requisites: C- or better in (CHEM 4310 and 4840) and Sr

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • CHEM 4870L - Forensic Chemistry II Lab

    Laboratory work to accompany 4870.

    Requisites: CHEM 4870 or concurrent and C- or better in (CHEM 4310 and 4840L) and Sr

    Credits: 2

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 laboratory

  • CHEM 4910 - Forensic Chemistry Internship

    Supervised work in approved forensic science lab to gain practical experience. Oral and written reports required.

    Requisites: Permission required and forensic chemistry major

    Credits: 1 - 10

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 10.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 internship

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