Courses

Chemistry Student

Required Courses

Four core courses (13 credit hours) are required of all Forensic Science minors:
AN 250: Forensic Anthropology
CH 265/L: Introductory Analysis
CJ 205: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 223: Introduction to Forensic Science (formerly CJ 423)

Minors must also select two of the following upper division courses (6 credit hours)*:
AN 335: Field Work in Archaeology
AN 365: Human Osteology in Archaeology and Forensic Science
BLY 302: Genetics
BLY 354: General Entomology
CH 440: Biochemistry I
CH 465/L: Instrumental Analysis
CJ 332: Criminal Law
CJ 360: Introduction to the Offender
CJ 390: Drugs and Crime
CJ 422: Criminal Investigations            
    
*Students must take at least one upper division course outside of their major discipline.

 

Course Descriptions

AN 250: Forensic Anthropology    
This course will introduce students to the field of forensic anthropology. Specifically, it will survey the basic methods employed by forensic anthropologists to recover and analyze human skeletal remains, including the construction of a biological profile and the analysis of skeletal trauma. No pre-requisites.

AN 335: Field Work in Archaeology     
Archaeological field and laboratory techniques include excavation, site survey, artifact processing and analysis. Fee. Pre-requisites: AN 101 or permission of instructor.

AN 365: Human Osteology
This hands-on course focuses on the identification of the bones of the human skeleton and its application to specialities within biological anthropology, including bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Topics to be covered include human skeletal and dental anatomy, skeletal growth and development, skeletal pathology and anomalies, and the biological profile. Pre-requisites: Grade of B or better in AN 210 or AN 250.

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BLY 302: Genetics
An introduction to both classical and modern genetic concepts and theory, with an emphasis on problem-solving. Topics covered include Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, and evolutionary genetics. Pre-requisites: BLY 121/L, BLY 122/L, and CH 131/L.

BLY 354: General Entomology
Classification and habits of insects, including collection, preservation, and identification of those occurring in South Alabama. Taught in the fall semester. Pre-requisites: BLY 121/L and BLY 122/L.

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CH 265: Introductory Analysis     
A detailed study of the fundamental theories and principles of chemistry with emphasis on their application to quantitative analysis. (Because proficiency of the material covered in CH 132 is vital for success in this course, students are strongly advised to take the two courses as close together as schedules permit. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.) Pre-requisites: CH 132/L or CH 141/L.  Co-requisite: CH 265L.
 
CH 265L: Introductory Analysis Laboratory     
Laboratory exercises associated with CH 265. (Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.) Pre-requisites: CH 132/L or CH 141/L. Co-requisite: CH 265.

CH 440: Biochemistry I     
Study of fundamental biochemical concepts; emphasis is placed on protein, carbohydrate, and lipid structures as related to their functional behavior; enzyme kinetics and mechanisms of action; thermodynamic relationships in biochemical systems. (Offered Fall Semester.) Cross-listed with BLY 440. Pre-requisite: CH 202.

CH 465: Instrumental Analysis     
Modern analytical instruments, their operating principles, and their applications. (Offered Fall Semester.) Pre-requisites: CH 265/L and CH 301/L or CH 302/L. Co-requisite: CH 465L.
 
CH 465L: Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Laboratory exercises associated with CH 465. (Offered Fall Semester.) Pre-requisites: CH 265/L; and CH 301/L or CH 302/L. Co-requisite: CH 465.

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CJ 205: Introduction to Criminal Justice
A review of the system for the delivery of Criminal Justice services in the U.S. and an analysis of operational practices at the major criminal justice decision stages. No pre-requisites.

CJ 223: Introduction to Forensic Science
Survey of scientific crime detection methods; crime scene search, identification, and preservation of evidence; uses of the laboratory for criminal investigation. No pre-requisites.

CJ 332: Criminal Law
A study of the origins and nature of the acts that constitute crimes with a detailed examination of the elements of certain criminal offense. Pre-requisite: CJ 205.

CJ 360: Introduction to the Offender
Study of traditional and modern explanations of crime and criminality. CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better. Pre-requisite: CJ 205.

CJ 390: Drugs and Crime
Special topics in Criminal Justice. A close look at the relationship between drugs and crime in America. Pre-requisite: CJ 205.
 
CJ 422: Criminal Investigations
Explores criminal investigation procedures including theory of investigation, case presentation, interrogation, and special problems in criminal investigation. Pre-requisite: CJ 205.

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Curriculum

All forensic science minors must take the following core courses (13 credit hours), in no particular order:
AN 250: Forensic Anthropology
CH 265/L: Introductory Analysis
CJ 205: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 223: Introduction to Forensic Science (formerly CJ 423: Criminalistics)

All forensic science minors must select two of the following upper-division courses (minimum of 6 credit hours)*:
AN 335: Field Work in Archaeology
AN 365: Human Osteology
BLY 302: Genetics
BLY 354: General Entomology
CH 440: Biochemistry I
CH 465 Instrumental Analysis
CJ 332: Criminal Law      
CJ 360: Introduction to the Offender
CJ 390: Drugs and Crime
CJ 422: Criminal Investigations

 *Students must take at least one upper division course outside of their major discipline.
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