Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog
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CHEM 1307 - Introduction to Forensic Science II

3 credit hours. 3 lecture hours. 1 lab hours.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1305  
Survey course introducing chemistry. Topics may include inorganic, organic, biochemistry, food/physiological
chemistry, and environmental/consumer chemistry. Designed for non-science and allied health students.

This course builds upon and extends the concepts presented in CHEM 1305 as it provides a deeper understanding and additional familiarity with the chemical and physical processes and techniques in the investigation of criminal acts; enhancing physical evidence through specialized techniques; understanding evidence preservation, degradation, and other limitations; discussing techniques used in toxicology, forensic serology, explosives analysis, latent prints, trace evidence, fibers and hairs, and other item of evidence; analyzing case studies; and, demonstrating hands-on practice of forensic techniques.
Additional Fees: Supplies Fee: $24, Max. Inclusive Access Fee - EBook and LMS access: $99
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  1. Make careful and accurate experimental observations. 
  2. Demonstrate proper techniques in handling chemicals and laboratory equipment.
  3. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies in the chemistry laboratory.
  4. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.

  1. Understand and apply the scientific method. 
  2. Define the fundamental principles of matter. 
  3. Assign proper units of measurement and perform dimensional analysis. 
  4. Summarize historical developments in chemistry and their advancement of science
      and technology. 
  5. Describe the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms. 
  6. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using
      the periodic table. 
  7. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
  8. Write chemical formulas and balance chemical equations. 
  9. Apply the concept of the mole to solve stoichiometric problems. 
10. Explain the significance of intermolecular forces and how they apply to states of matter. 
11. Apply knowledge of the Kinetic-Molecular Theory to solve simple gas law problems.
12. Classify acids and bases based on their chemical and physical properties. 
13. Describe the chemical structure and function of common polymers.
14. Describe the chemical structure and function of macromolecules. 
15. Discuss the chemical components of food and the chemicals used to produce it. 
16. Understand the mechanisms behind different kinds of solvents. 
17. Classify common drugs and their basic mechanisms. 
18. Understand the chemical properties of common household chemicals. 
19. Distinguish between various types of poisons and identify their antidotes. 

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