Forensic Science (FSC)

FSC 600 Cell & Molecular Biology3 Credit hours   

A study of the molecular biology of the cell and its organelles, cell interactions, and differentiation.

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FSC 603 Genetics-DNA Lab1 Credit hour   

Laboratory to be offered in conjunction with FSC 604 Genetics and DNA Technology stressing techniques and methods required for DNA analysis used in forensic case investigations, in CODIS laboratories and in paternity testing. Laboratory to be offered in conjunction with genetics and DNA Technology (FSC 604) stressing techniques and methods required for DNA analysis and trace evidence investigation.

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FSC 604 Genetics & DNA Technology3 Credit hours   

A comprehensive lecture series that covers the genetics and biochemistry of DNA to include the analysis, ethical considerations and quality assurance techniques used to analyze DNA for identification purposes. This course serves as a core course in the forensic science curriculum. An introduction to crime scene investigations, physical evidence collection, inorganic and organic analysis, sero- logy, fingerprints, arson, drugs, documents, firearms and DNA technologies.

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FSC 605 F S Digital Imaging3 Credit hours   

Introductory course in digital image processing. Covers techniques used in forensic laboratory to enhance, analyze, and catalog digital images. Instruction in lab setting.

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FSC 606 Crime Scene/Death Investiga2 Credit hours   

Establishes foundations and techniques for proper crime scene investigation with or without a victim's body. Logical approach for collecting evidence and documenting scene and collection process.

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FSC 607 Blood Stain Pattern Analysis3 Credit hours   

A comprehensive bloodstain pattern analysis course including bullet trajectory, courtroom testimony, and report writing. This course is taught as a combination of lectures, laboratories, and practical exercises.

Pre-req: FSC 606.

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FSC 608 Forensic Toxicology3 Credit hours   

An in-depth analysis of both clinical and forensic aspects of toxicology from the viewpoint of the forensic and medical examiner's toxicology laboratories. In depth discussions dealing with current and future DNA technologies and toxicology, expert witnessing in mock trials, quality assuranc/quality control issues, CODIS and DNA banking.

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FSC 609 Network Forensics3 Credit hours   

Teaches the basics of how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes as well as used as a source of evidence. Teaches the basics of how computers and networks function. How they can be involved in crimes and how they can be used as a source of evidence.

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FSC 610 Bioterrorism: Forensics3 Credit hours   

Course traces the historical development, current status, and future threats of bioterrorism in the U.S. and on a global scale. Issues adressed include microbiology, surveillance, detection and post-event investigation. Course traces the historical development, current status, and future threats of bioterrorism in US and on a global scale. It includes microbiological, as well as forensic science issues.

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FSC 612 Intro Foren Micro/Trace2 Credit hours   

Introduction to various types of microscopy used in foren- sics, including scanning electron microscopy, light and fluorescence microscopy and polarizing microscopy. Photo- graphic techniques used for documentation will also be discussed.

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FSC 615 Adv Crime Investigation3 Credit hours   

This course addresses various areas of crime scene investigation not or minimally addressed in the FSC 606 introductory course. Topics include arson/explosives, body excavation, forensic entomology. advanced impression evidence, wound analysis.

Pre-req: FSC 606.

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FSC 617 Adv Crime Photo & Document3 Credit hours   

This series of lectures and practical exercises introduces the student to sophisticated crime scene documentation techniques including sketching, surveying, photography and crime scene management techniques.

Pre-req: FSC 606.

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FSC 618 Forensic Comparative Sciences2 Credit hours   

"Introduction to comparative methods used by forensic scientists for analysis of fingerprints, questioned documents, and firearms". Introduction to comparative methods used by forensic scientists for analysis of fingerprints, questioned docu- ments, and firearms.

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FSC 619 Forensic Statistics3 Credit hours   

Basic theory of probability and statistics, odds from Bayes' theorem for transfer evidence, likelihood ratio, population and statistical genetics, statistical issues in paternity testing and mixtures, and presenting evidence.

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FSC 622 Forensic Analytical Chem3 Credit hours   

Analytical chemistry instrumentation and methods used by forensic scientists for analysis of drugs, toxicology, arson, explosives, trace evidence and sample collection and processing.

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FSC 623 Forensic Chemistry Laboratory1 Credit hour   

Laboratory practicum will develop skill set needed in the forensic analysis of physical evidence using standard methods and modern analytical instrumentation.

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FSC 624 Biochemistry: Forensic Science4 Credit hours   

This comprehensive course in biochemistry focuses on concepts appropriate to forensic science and designed to meet forensic science educational standards at a national level. Comprehensive course in Biochemistry which focuses on concepts appropriate to Forensic Science.

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FSC 626 Advanced Drug Analysis2 Credit hours   

Concentration on modern analytical methods used in the isolation and the identification of illicit drugs and their metabolities in biological samples and other forensic evidence. (PR: FSC 622 or permission of instructor)

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FSC 627 Human Genetics2 Credit hours   

Human Genetics serves as an introduction to the study of heritable traits in humans and their molecular basis; basic genetic principles, statistics, and probability; population database analyses; principles of population genetics and laws of Mendelian genetics as they relate to human identification; application of paternity testing and identification of human remains; use of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and mtDNA profiling in forensic applications.

Pre-req: FSC 624.

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FSC 628 Chem Analysis Trace Evidence2 Credit hours   

A continuation of FSC 622 emphasizing additional types of evidence including paint, inks, fibers, and plastics. Methods Include pyrolysis-GCMS, micro-FTIR, GPC and capillary electrophoresis. Required course for Forensic Chemistry emphasis.

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FSC 629 Advanced DNA Technologies2 Credit hours   

This course will provide advanced instruction in DNA technologies to assist in the preparation for a career in a forensic DNA laboratory.

Pre-req: (FSC 603 or FSC 643) and FSC 604.

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FSC 630 Internship5 Credit hours   

A 10 week internship in a crime lab or other forensic science related research laboratory. Application of principles and techniques learned during first year of program.

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FSC 632 Found Fund Digital Forensics3 Credit hours   

The course provides fundamental information to lay the foundation for the Digital Forensics Area of Emphasis. A range of topics includes laws and regulations relating to stored digital data, quality assurance and ethics in a digital laboratory, basic terminology, computer hardware and various storage media, software, including operating and file systems, and basics concepts of computer security. The course is taught primarily in a lecture format. Class discussions and participation in practical exercises supplement lectures.

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FSC 634 Comp Search & Seizure3 Credit hours   

Topics covered in this course will expand upon material covered in FSC 632. Additional areas include affidavits and warrants, national information security concepts, evidence collection, transport and preservation, computer networks, e-mail traces, imaging of original evidence, introduction to forensic tools, Window registry, malware and spyware, virtualization and hand held devices. Classes are presented in a lecture format and culminates with a mock, digital crime scene exercise.

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FSC 636 Mobile Phone Forensics2 Credit hours   

This course addresses the complexity and structure of modern smart phones and focuses on data evidence storage and extraction for criminal case investigations.

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FSC 640 Firearms Toolmarks I1 Credit hour   

This course provides an enhanced learning experience designed to reduce the time to competency typical of the knowledge required component fo a firearms examiner training program. FSC 640 is the first of two firearms and toolmarks examiner training courses.

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FSC 641 Firearms Toolmarks II1 Credit hour   

This course provides an enhanced learning experience designed to reduce the time to competency typical of the knowledge required component of a firearms examiner training program. FSC 641 is the second of two firearms and toolmarks examiner training courses.

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FSC 642 DNA Tech Assistance I2 Credit hours   

The goal of the DNA Technical Assistance Program (DNA TAP) is to prepare select students for placement in host forensic laboratories for validation and evaluation research studies. The student undergoes acclerated lectures and intense hands-on laboratory exercises including analytical procedures, instrument training, and data analysis.

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FSC 643 DNA Tech Assistance II2 Credit hours   

The goal of the DNA Technical Assistance Program (DNA TAP) is to prepare select students for placement in host forensic laboratories for validation and evaluation research studies. The student undergoes accelerated lectures and intense hands-on laboratory exercises including analytical procedures, instrument training, and data analysis.

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FSC 646 Lab Management2 Credit hours   

This course provides a foundation in management theory, principles & application necessary for forensic scientists who aspire to assume future positions as crime lab supervisors, managers, technical leaders, quality managers, directors or other roles as leaders in their field. This course addresses management theory as well as its practical application to the crime laboratory setting from an ISO/IEC 17025 perspective.

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FSC 650 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

Present course material on special areas of research or topics which are not routinely covered in existing courses.

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FSC 651 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

Present course material on special areas of research or topics which are not routinely covered in existing courses.

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FSC 652 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

Present course material on special areas of research or topics which are not routinely covered in existing courses.

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FSC 653 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

Present course material on special areas of research or topics which are not routinely covered in existing courses.

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FSC 660 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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FSC 665 Legal Court in Forensic3 Credit hours   

Covers the American legal system with specific emphasis on expert witnessing by forensic scientists. Mock trials provide experience in the courtroom.

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FSC 676 Adv Dig Evid Detect Recovery2 Credit hours   

This advanced Digital Evidence Detection and Recovery course will provide an overview of the advanced procedures and techniques used by investigators working with digital evi- dence. This course will be taught as a combination of lect- res, lab and practical exercises.

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FSC 679 Special Problems1-4 Credit hours   

Students will be assigned specific areas of study for independent investigation. (PR: Consent of advisor)

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FSC 680 Seminar1 Credit hour   

Faculty, student and guest speaker presentations of topics pertinent to forensic science. Faculty, student and guest speaker presentations of topics pertanent to forensic science and molecular biology and toxicology.

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FSC 681 Thesis1-6 Credit hours   

Research conducted in the laboratories at MU which is focused on a problem of forensic importance. The original research problem will be written up as a formal document and submitted as part of the requirements to fulfill a MS degree in the research track.

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FSC 685 Intro Research1-6 Credit hours   

Directed research which can be used to satisfy requirements for a Master's Degree in Forensic Science.

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