FRSC 350: Forensic Microscopy This course is an introduction to microscopy with a focus on practical applications in forensics. Topics will include basic optics, behavior of electromagnetic radiation, components of microscopes, and applications of forensic microscopy. The course will be lecture-based with a hands-on component. Pre-requisites: BIOL 122-125; CHEM 224; PHYS 210, 211, 212, 213, or permission of instructor 2 credits, Spring FRSC 361: Forensic Chemistry A study of the application of analytical, chemical principles to the forensic science field. Topics include quality control, laboratory protocol, basic instrumentation, matrix effects, and quantitative/qualitative analysis. The students will demonstrate an understanding of the application of analytical principles to forensic samples, the use of laboratory protocols surrounding forensic samples, the use of calibration, quality control and method validation for forensic samples, the principles and application of chromatography, immunoassays, and spectroscopy in forensic analysis, and analytical techniques for drug analysis of acidic drugs. Co-requisite: FRSC 362 Pre-requisite: CHEM 224 & 225 3 credits, Spring FRSC 362: Forensic Chemistry Lab This laboratory course consists of experiments designed to complement the material in FRSC 361. Experimental skill sets will be emphasized, and will focus on handling, processing, and interpretation of results of common forensic samples analyzed for chemical content. Particular focus will be placed on chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, but other techniques may also be considered in both a hands-on and simulated setting. By the completion of the course, students will have the necessary skillset for basic chemical analysis of commonly encountered forensic samples. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of laboratory notebooks and reports, the use of laboratory protocols surrounding forensic samples, the use of calibration, quality control and method validation for forensic samples, the application of chromatography and spectroscopy in forensic analysis, and analytical techniques for drug analysis of acidic drugs. Co-requisite: FRSC 361 Pre-requisite: CHEM 224 & 225 1 credit, Spring FRSC 461: Advanced Forensic Science This course continues the study of forensic biology and forensic chemistry at the advanced level. Topics include the forensic analysis and the underlining principles associated with drugs, synthetic polymers, natural polymers (including DNA), and colorants. Textbooks and primary journal articles will be used as resources in this course. The student will gain an understanding of advanced principles of polymers and nucleic acids, the application of instrumental analysis to the quantitative, qualitative and comparative analysis of drugs, polymers and colorants, the challenges, solutions, and the future of forensic DNA analysis, analytical techniques for drug analysis of basic drugs, and the primary literature and its use in research and forensic science advancement. Co-requisite: FRSC 462 Prerequisite: FRSC 261, 350, 361; BIOL 345; CHEM 408 3 credits, Spring FRSC 462: Advanced Forensic Science Lab This laboratory course consists of experiments designed to complement the material in FRSC 461. Advanced application of experimental skill sets in combustion, DNA analysis, serological testing, and drug analysis, including reporting, will be emphasized. Additionally, data collection and professional reporting of results to the scientific and forensic community will be reviewed and required. The student will demonstrate an understanding of analysis of combustibles, advanced-level application and interpretation of results for serological and DNA testing of forensic samples, advanced-level application and interpretation of results for drug analysis, and how to construct lab reports in a professional science format relevant to the forensic field.