FOR 340

Trace Evidence and Microscopy

Academic Year Semester Location Online
2017-2018 As needed Main campus No

Level: Undergraduate

Credits: 4

Lab Fee: None

Pre-requisites: SCI 130, FOR 230

Trace evidence makes up much of the transfer evidence left behind by contact at a crime scene. The course instructs students in the analysis of trace evidence typically found in forensic investigations such as hair, fibers, gunshot residue, glass and paint. The course focuses on the use of the light microscope, polarized light microscope, color testing and infrared spectroscopy as analytical tools. Students will also receive instruction in instrumental and wet chemical methods for the analysis of trace evidence, inorganic ions, explosives and drugs.