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CHM 121 - Forensic Sciences

CHM 121 is a one-semester general science course that presents a broad introduction to the scientific foundations of forensics and its importance in the criminal justice system.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including:
    a)  an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling and
    b)  the application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
  2. Recognize how the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, and geology relate to the analysis of physical evidence.
  3. Recognize and describe the proper collection techniques and packaging of various forms of physical evidence.
  4. Analyze and distinguish various forms of physical evidence such as glass fracture patterns, hair, fibers, fingerprints, firearms, toolmarks, bodily fluids, and drugs.