FORENSIC SCIENCE



FOSC 2100  - Intro to Forensic Scientific

Crime Investigation ................................................ 3.00 Credits

An introductory look at the various fields of study and how they are used in modern law enforcement. A brief history of forensic science in Europe and the United States.  Use of Geology, Anthropology, Dentistry, Pathology, and Psychiatry in Investigation.


FOSC 2110-Survey of Forensic Science for

Non-Majors………………………………………….3.00 Credits

This course was designed as a survey course in forensic science for non-forensic science majors. The course is an overview of investigative techniques and methods used in the crime laboratory to analyze physical evidence. This course will also provide, to those who wish to follow a career in law enforcement and law, insight into the workings of the crime laboratory. The course will consist of lectures and some demonstrations.

Pre-requisites: FOSC 2100


FOSC 2120-Forensic Photography------------------ 3.00 Credits

Designed as an introductory couse in forensic photography.  The history of photography will be presented.  Technical aspects of exposure, image characteristics, and crime scene and evidence documentation will be introduced and projects will be used to apply these techniques.   A final crime scene project with a presentation using photographs generated in the project will be used to show how photographic documentation can be used as an investigative and analysis technique in the reconstruction of a crime scene.

Pre-requisites: FOSC 2100


FOSC 2130-Crime Scene Investigation 1---------- 3.00 Credits

This course is intended to familiarize students with the basic principles of Crime scene investigations and reconstruction through Crime Scene Unit, Crime Scene Protocol, Crime Scene Evidence Collection and Crime scene interpretations.  

Pre-requisites:  FOSC 2100


FOSC-2140-Crime Scene Investigation 11----------3.00 Credits

This course will present students opportunities to learn more principles in crime scene investigation  including crime scene processing, crime scene Evidence Classification collection methods and crime scene reports.  The course will go in debt and much more beyond what is presented in Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction 1.

Pre-requisites-FOSC 2130.


FOSC 3020  - Forensic Microscopy of

Trace…………………………..…………………. 3.00 Credits

Light microscopy of trace evidence including, contrast,  resolving power and illumination; interference, phase and fluorescence  microscopy; microscopy with polarized light, birefringence and crystal structure; dispersion staining; photomicrography; fibers, minerals and  residues.

Prerequisites: FOSC 3010L, PHYS 2221K, PHYS 2222K, PHYS 1111K, PHYS 1112K


FOSC 3030  - Criminal Evidence/Court Proc.......3.00 Credits Consideration of laws of criminal evidence, rules of search and seizures, chain-of-custody, admissibility, opinion and  hearsay, etc., and the mechanics of  trials.

Prerequisite:  CRJU  1100, FOSC 2000 and FOSC 2100.


FOSC 3100  - International Forensic DNA Typing 3.00 Credits This course consists of lectures that review in some detail the  his- tory, scientific principles, forensic applications and practice of DNA typing and databases in different countries.  This course will teach students about  different  DNA  typing  technologies  and databases and   their international usage and variations.  DNA typing provides information  on genetic variations in all forms of life at the molecular level which can be used in forensics, clinical diagnostics and evolutionary biology among many fields. The course will also examine the roles  and  activities  of international, regional and national organizations in  the  promotion  and exchange of DNA database technologies and information.


FOSC 3200  - Bioterrorism & Biotechnology .......3.00 Credits This course was designed to help internalize the ASU Forensic Science program curriculum.  The course is concerned with the scientific   issues  and nature  of  current  and  future  threats  posed  by Bioterrorism  and  the connections between Biotechnology and Bio defense.  The  scientific  theme and scope are international and involve showing how different countries, multinational companies and transnational organizations are active in the fields of Biotechnology and impacted by issues relating to Biotechnology and Bioterrorism.


FOSC 3420  - Research Statistics ...........................3.00 Credits This is a survey  of  descriptive  and  inferential  statistics  used in Criminal  Justice   research.    Applications  of  parametric and non- parametric methods of hypothesis testing constitute the emphasis of the course.  Measures of central tendency and dispersion are related to inferences to  population parameters.   Pearson's  Product  Moment correlation, regression, analysis of variance and other tests  of sample means are reviewed.

Prerequisites: CRJU 1100, CRJU 2400 and CRJU 3410.


FOSC 4040  - Forensic Serology/DNA

Tech……………………………………….I OR 3.00 Credits

Practices of search, collection, preservation  and  identification of blood and body fluids as wet or dry stains; immunologic typing of blood; DNA-typing and electrophoresis, and  laboratory  report.

Prerequisites: FOSC 3010L, FOSC 3020, BIOL 2111K, 2211K and 2311K.

FOSC 4050  - Forensic Chemistry .............. 3.00 Credits Theory and practice of quantitative  chemical  analysis, chemical spectroscopy and  instrumental  methods  of  analysis:  uv,  visible and infrared (IR) spectrophotometry, Fourier transform IR,  fluorescence  and fluorometry, atomic absorption  and  emission,  Raman, NMR, mass-spec., etc., for structures and molecular stereochemistry; chromatographic methods  of  separation-TLC,  HPLC  and GC.    Laboratory   report.

Prerequisite: FOSC 3010L.   CHEM 2302K, CHEM 2351K, and

CHEM 3250


FOSC 4060  -  SEM-EDAX of

Trace Evidence .............................................3.00 Credits Practice of scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X- rays for physical and elemental characterization of trace evidence, including gunshot residue particles, image processing and automation. Laboratory report.

Prerequisite: FOSC 3020L; PHYS 2100, 2221K, 2222K.


FOSC 4090 - Controlled Substance/Toxicology.....3.00 Credits Theory and practice of controlled substance identification  GC-MS, HPLC, TLC, and infrared spectroscopy (IR/FTIR), etc., and detection of  alcohol toxication by breath testing.   Laboratory  report.

Prerequisite:  CHEM 3250K; FOSC 4050K.


FOSC 4110  - Basic Scanning

Electron Micro .........................................................2.00 Credits

An introduction to instrumentation, design and modes of operation of the scanning electron microscope, including image processing, image analysis, specimen  preparation  and  mounting,   photography   and applications. Laboratory report.

Prerequisite: PHYS 2211, 2212, 2100.


FOSC 4120  - Electron Optics,EM/Quant Anal.....3.00 Credits

An introduction to electron microscopy, optical designs of SEM, TEM, HVEM and  STEM,  and  to   microanalysis   with   wavelength dispersive, energy-dispersive and X-ray fluorescence spectrometers.  SEM-EDX practice and laboratory report.

Prerequisite: FOSC 4060, 4110.


FOSC 4130  - Expert Witness at Mock Trial ........2.00 Credits Consideration of place of expert's in dispute resolution, cases that require expert testimony, pre-trail preparations, rules of evidence, articles and exhibits, courtroom demeanor, participation at criminal mock trails and offer expert testimony.

Prerequisite: FOSC 3030.


FOSC 4140  - Fingerprint Technology .......2.00 Credits Practice of fingerprinting: identification and development of latent fingerprints, enhancement  by  laser,  automated  identification system, image processing and the expert fingerprint witness.

Prerequisite:  FOSC 2100.


FOSC 4150  - Evident Procedure/Medical

Tech/sur/Para ..........................................................2.00 Credits Practice in evidence protection and collection: biological and medical evidence and controls to be collected, injuries to be photographed, legal and scientific requirements of packaging and storage, writing medical report and assisting the coroner, rules of evidence and expert witness. Laboratory report.


FOSC 4160  - Evidence Collect/

Science Crime ..........................................................2.00 Credits

A course for the first officer at the crime scene,  investigators and specialized personnel in processing the crime scene and collection of evidence for a systematic investigation consistent with  standards for law enforcement agencies and rules of evidence. Laboratory practice  and report.

FOSC 4170  - Ballistics of Firearms/

Toolmar…………...……………………………….. 3.00 Credits

Theory and practice of the physics of interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics as applied to identification of fire arms, bullets and casing, primer and powder, gunshot residue formation and deposition, pellet distribution, muzzle-to- target distance and bullet wounds. Lab report.

Prerequisite: FOSC 2100, 3010L, 3020.


FOSC 4201L - Evidence Analysis/Research I .......3.00 Credits

On-campus research and evidence examination or Internship I, to generate crime laboratory proficiency and competence in defending to  witness  in the presence of judges in a moot court.

Prerequisite: FOSC 2100, 3010L, FOSC 3020, FOSC 3030, FOSC 4060  and  FOSC  4070L;  all  or  with  the instructor's permission.


FOSC 4999  - Senior Capstone Seminar................3.00 Credits This course is designed to expose students to the most advanced information available in the field of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Students  will also be taught how  to  utilize  this  information during their coming professional careers. New technology in the field of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science will be taught to students. Students will learn how  to  use  this technology and become proficient in its utilization. Further students will be taught where in- formation relating to Criminal Justice and Forensic Science is located and how to access this information.  Finally the  ability  to  synthesize large amounts of information into a coherent report  of  a  subject  area will be instilled in students. Graduating seniors only.