Forensic Science (FRSC)

FRSC C100 Introduction to Forensic Science 3 crs.

This course exposes students to the forensic methods commonly employed in the examination of physical evidence by a forensic scientist used for identification or comparison in civil or criminal crime scene investigation and legal proceedings.  The various techniques and procedures used in forensic science investigation and the admissibility standards established by state and  federal courts are examined.  This survey course is not designed to train individuals in the highly technical field of forensic science research, which requires extensive education in biology, chemistry, and physics.  The course serves to familiarize those individuals majoring in criminal justice or related fields with the methods and techniques currently employed by forensic scientists so that students have a working knowledge and understanding of the technical world of forensic science.

FRSC C200 Criminalistics I: Crime Scene 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the techniques of crime scene investigation. Topics include the value of evidence; preservation of the crime scene; crime scene searching; photography; and the sketching of crime scenes. Also covered are techniques for the recognition, collection, and preservation of specific types of evidence.

FRSC C201 Criminalistics II: Crime Lab 3 crs.

This is a course designed to introduce the student to some of the advanced concepts of the forensic science and medical-legal investigation. Topics include forensic pathology, odontology, anthropology, gunshot injuries, blunt and sharp force trauma, and child abuse.

FRSC C301 Criminalistics III: Controlled Substances 3 crs.

Forensic toxicology assesses the potential dangerous effects of various drugs on human behavior.  It is known that the ability of a drug to induce dependence after repeated use is submerged in a complex array of physiological and social factors. Dependence on drugs exists in numerous patterns and in all degrees of intensity, depending on the nature of the drug, the route of administration, the dose, the frequency of administration, and the individual's rate of metabolism.  In addition, many non-drug factors play an equally crucial role in determining the behavioral patterns associated with drug use.  The personal characteristics of the user, his or her expectations about the drug experience, society's attitudes and possible responses, as well as the setting in which the drug is used, are all major determinants of drug dependence. The course covers many topics including drug identification, drug dependency, drug effects, and forensic toxicology.

FRSC C370 Forensic Psychology 3 crs.

Forensic psychology applies psychological knowledge or methods to aspects of human behavior directly related to the legal process. In its broadest terms, "forensic psychology refers to the production and application of psychological knowledge to the civil and criminal justice systems. The field of forensic psychology has slowly emerged over the decades to a point today where it had become a field heavily relied upon by legal practitioners. The course is suited for individuals who seek careers in law, law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, etc. The course familiarizes students with the varied components and applications of forensic psychology.

FRSC-C380 Forensic Pathology 3 crs.

This course will introduce the student to the medical specialty of Forensic Pathology –the practice of laboratory medicine as it applies to the law and legal issues. The initial portion of the course will deal with basics of forensic science and death investigation. Subsequent lectures deal with post mortem changes, time of death and identification of the decedent, as well as discussion of the various types of cases which fall under the jurisdiction of the  medical examiner/coroner including violent, natural and unexplained deaths. The course will conclude with a lecture on the role of related disciplines in forensic science (including toxicology, anthropology, odontology, entomology and criminalistics) in aiding the forensic pathologist in the performance of their duties – determination of the cause and manner of death, identification of the decedent, estimation of the time of death and preservation and collection of evidence at autopsy. The student may have the opportunity to witness the performance of medicolegal autopsies and courtroom testimony by forensic experts

FRSC C498 Research in Forensics 3 crs.

The student will engage in supervised research in forensic science under the guidance of a Loyola faculty member.  Students must present a formal research proposal and upon approval complete the research within one semester.  Students are encouraged to select research topics according to their own interests and talents. Innovative research projects are encouraged (e.g., bioterrorism as it relates to forensic science and public health; statistical issues in forensic science; the application of profiling theory and techniques to the analysis and reconstruction of forensic evidence as it relates to an offender's crime scenes, victims and behaviors, etc.). This will usually be the last course completed in the Forensic Science minor