The Forensic Science Certificate is designed for those already in law enforcement who are interested in learning new technology and skills or for incoming students who are not ready to enter a degree program. A Forensic Science Certificate will prepare existing law enforcement personnel for advancement in the field and hopeful law enforcement personnel for entry into a highly competitive field.
Upon completion of this degree students will be able to:
The Forensic Science Certificate will be an in-house certificate that is specialized and not intended for transfer. Students selecting this major should be advised that employers in Forensic Science related occupational fields conduct both CORI (Criminal Offense Record Act) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Informational) checks pursuant to Chapter 6, Sections 172-178 of the Massachusetts General Laws related regulations.
Contact: Beth Butin, (413) 552-2305, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on expository writing, critical thinking, and research, with emphases on the following: critical reading and interpretation of nonfiction texts; engaging with and analyzing texts; using summary, paraphrase, and quotation; finding, evaluating and documenting sources; and writing with purpose. Students will produce approximately 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented research paper of at least 1250 words. 4 class hours
An introduction to life's basic processes including the chemistry of life, the structure and function of the cell, how cells use energy and matter, how cells reproduce, and how genetic inheritance occurs. Examples of how these processes affect each and everyone of us on a daily basis will be explored. This course will also explore the methods of science through in class assignments and laboratory work so that students will better understand the processes of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in various formats. Laboratories supplement lecture by allowing students to explore topics in a hands-on fashion.
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the living processes within cells by exploring the chemical and molecular basis of life. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell structure, and the important types of biochemical reactions, which occur during growth, development, maintenance, and reproduction in cells. Particular detail is given to biochemical processes in human cells. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture emphasizing the scientific method and inquiry based learning. 3 class hours and 3 laboratory hours
A study of the fundamental chemical laws and theories, including gaseous state, mole concept, stoichiometry, periodic law, and atomic and molecular structure. Descriptive materials supporting the discussion are from the field of inorganic chemistry.
A study of the fundamental chemical laws and theories, including stoichiometry, the gaseous and liquid states, periodic law, atomic and molecular structures, and energy. Descriptive material supporting the discussion is from the field of inorganic and organic chemistry. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory work supports the lecture discussion.
This course is recommended as a preparation for future chemistry courses. A study of scientific method; chemical laws and theories; electronic, atomic, and molecular structure and their underlying experimental basis; chemical bonding; periodic table relationships; quantitative and stoichiometric relationships; thermochemistry; gas laws; liquid state; and solutions. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory work supports lecture discussion.
A course designed for students who are interested in exploring the field of forensic science. A study of fundamental forensic science techniques and procedures. Lecture topics include techniques used to evaluate types of physical, chemical, and biological evidence, as well as the legal system and forensic science, crime scenes and various forensic specialties. Laboratories afford students the opportunity to identify, examine, and assess forensic evidence using modern chemical and biological techniques. NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both FRS 100 and FRS 101.
Historical and philosophical background and critical evaluation of the criminal justice system. A study of the United States Constitution and its impact on modern criminal justice. The relationship of crime to the police, prosecution, the courts, probation, parole, corrections, and the general functions of each. Exploration of the field of criminal justice and professional career opportunities in it.
This course studies the history and development of criminal law as a form of social control, the evolution of criminal law from civil law, and the relationship between common and statutory criminal law. The criminal process from investigation through indictment, arrest, arraignment, trial, and sentencing will be reviewed. Through analytic case studies, emphasis will be given to substantive aspects of criminal law and current constitutional constraints established by the United States Supreme Court on law enforcement procedures occurring during arrests, searches and seizures, interrogations, electronic surveillances, and other investigative practices.
Examination of the rules of evidence, with emphasis on the best evidence rule, the hearsay rule, the exception to the rule, corpus delicti, opinion, evidence, circumstantial evidence, privileged communications, admissions and confessions, witnesses, courtroom procedure, and testifying in court.
The Criminal Investigation and Crime Analysis course studies the fundamentals of investigative principles including theories of case investigation, proper crime scene management, collection and preservation of evidence, and the capabilities and limitations of forensic laboratories in analyzing evidentiary items such as serology, trace evidence and drug chemistry. Interview and interrogation strategies, use of informants, and surveillance techniques will also be studied. The emphasis of the course content is to familiarize students with proper investigative methods in relation to specific criminal offenses.
This course is a basic introduction to insect biology with emphasis on applications of forensic entomology. Other topics include insect evolution, biodiversity and conservation of insects, behavior, physiology, life histories, and systematics. The emphasis of this course describes the use of insects as evidence in court and explains how they can assist in solving crimes.
An introduction to biochemical and molecular techniques used in DNA typing and analysis with emphasis on forensic applications. Lecture topics include population genetics principles and statistics; biology of DNA; DNA genotyping; procedures for nuclear DNA, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome analysis; and quality control and regulations. Laboratories provide the opportunity to prepare human DNA for analysis using extraction, purification, and amplification techniques. Students will analyze prepared DNA using several methods, including the Avant gene sequencer.
Principles of Chemistry I, Inorganic Chemistry I: Degree seeking students only.
Introduction to Forensic Science, FRS 101: Students planning to major in the Forensic Science degree program should not consider taking FRS 100. This course does not count towards the Forensic Science major.
Program Electives: Students strongly encouraged to select at least one CRJ designated course.
Contact Coordinator for information about next offering. Depending on the course selection 80% of this program can be completed online.