Forensic Chemical Analysis
CHEM 291 - Forensic Chemical Analysis3 hours The evidence collected at a crime scene can often tell the true story of the criminal act if interpreted properly. This course covers various criminalistic detection and analysis techniques involving DNA, fiber, hair, body fluids, pigments, fingerprints, footprints, toxic substances and illegal drugs. Analytical techniques will be introduced, explained and practiced such as qualitative chemical analysis, refractive index, infra-red spectroscopy, UV/VIS spectrophotometry, microscopy, mass spectrometry, thin layer chromatography, and gas chromatography. The proper handling of evidence, careful observation, and logical interpretation of crime scene evidence will also be stressed.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 253 or CHEM 104 .