Forensic Science Minor
Forensic Science is the interest of how science is applied to the service of the law. The Forensic Science minor is a multidisciplinary minor that will introduce students to the multifaceted nature of criminal investigations. Students will gain knowledge in several disciplines that contribute to the forensic sciences.
ANT295 Fundamentals in Forensic Anthropology This new online summer course provides an overview of forensic anthropological methods such as crime scene recovery, human skeletal analysis and courtroom procedures.
ANT370 – Introduction to Forensic Anthropology Broad overview of forensic anthropology-an applied field of biological anthropology. Application of the science of biological anthropology to the legal process and humanitarian arena. Identification of skeletal remains to determine age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features of a decedent. General identification techniques addressed but proficiency not expected.
ANT429 – Advanced Methods in Forensic Anthropology Advanced methods in forensic anthropology-an applied field of biological anthropology. Application of the science of biological anthropology to the medicolegal process. Identification of skeletal remains to determine age, sex, ancestry, stature, andunique features of a decedent. Analysis of human skeletal remains. Identification techniques addressed and proficiency expected. Students must provide their own transportation to the laboratory site.
PCC 274 – Introduction to Forensic Science The field of forensic science is the application of science to the law. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to the ‘real world’ of forensics. It will serve as a basis for more advanced forensic courses. Solving crimes are often complex and costly affairs, involving myriad science and engineering disciplines, ethics, legal issues, and strong communication skills. These key areas will be introduced via regular course lectures, guest lectures from faculty members within NC State and other institutions, and guest lectures from current or former field agents and professional forensic scientists.
PCC 474 – Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry to the law. It is a key part of crime scene investigations. In this course, students work in teams and discover standard methods of crime scene processing, latent evidence processing and analysis of materials and chemicals germane to forensic trace evidence. Advanced analytical chemistry techniques will be learned and applied to solve a ‘crime’ with suspects. Students will attempt to solve the crime and will present their analytical evidence in a courtroom setting with cross-examination.
MSE 480/580 – Materials Forensics Materials forensics will describe the principles and prevention of the degradation of materials. The topics will include electrochemical corrosion of metallic materials, oxidation of metals, degradation of polymers, biodeterioration of materials, failure analysis of materials including mechanical failures and failures of electrical devices. The general practice of failure analysis will be applied to a variety of case studies to illustrate important failure mechanisms.