Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog
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CHEM 1305 - Introduction to Forensic Science I

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

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 provides an introduction to the chemical and physical processes and techniques in the investigation of criminal acts; understanding the capabilities of forensic investigations and how a forensics lab operates; 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: Lab & Misc Fee - $24, Maximum Inclusive Access Fee - EBook and LMS access fee - $99
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
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. Determine 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 it applies to states of matter 
11. Apply knowledge of the Kinetic-Molecular Theory to solve simple gas laws problems.  
12. Classify acids and bases based on their chemical and physical properties.  
13. Differentiate between different types of radiation and be able to balance nuclear reactions.  
14. Understand the effects of metabolic processes and how they are regulated.  
15. Explain the structures and functions of the 4 major classes of macromolecules.

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