New Online Course Available in Forensic Science

Outline of a crime scene, with different types of evidence.

The Department of Forensic Science is pleased to announce additional course offerings. Beginning this summer, the popular course Introduction to Forensic Science will be offered online as well as on campus. New forensic courses also are being offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. These are expected to appeal to students in science, criminal justice and forensics.

Various lab equipment, such as gloves and test tubes.Introduction to Forensic Science (CRIJ 3366), an undergraduate course on the analysis of forensic evidence and crime scene techniques, will be available in Summer I, Summer II, and during the Fall and Spring semesters in the 2013-14 academic year. In addition, the graduate program will add a new traditional course in Criminalistics (FORS 6094) at The Woodlands Center for science and non-science majors. That course will explore the study and evaluation of physical evidence from crimes.

The Department offers a Master of Science in Forensic Science, a two-year, full-time, non-thesis graduate program that provides students will the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities essential in the field. It also offers an undergraduate forensic anthropology minor, which is the application of forensic science to the human body and the vast amount of evidence that can be gleaned from the careful recognition, collection and preservation of the evidence. That minor can be used by students pursuing degrees in the medical field, archeology, geography or forensic science.

Crime scene tape with a fingerprint superimposed on it.In Introduction to Forensic Science, students will gain basic knowledge of and some practical experience in fingerprinting, impressions, hair, fiber, trace, firearms, tool marks, biological, accelerant, explosive, and drug evidence.

The new criminalistics course will examine physical evidence concepts and the nature and processing of physical evidence, including processing the scene with photography, crime scene sketching and mapping, and collection techniques, to analysis in the lab, including DNA extraction and evidence. It will also explore the use of alternative light sources for detecting biological evidence; and presumptive testing, the first step in detecting drugs, blood, as well as other items of evidentiary value. The course will be taught by Dr. David Gangitano at The Woodlands Center.

Several crime scene investigation tool, such as markers, fingerprint powder and dust, and a rulers.Here are other forensic courses that will be offered during the 2013-14 academic year.

    Undergraduate Courses
  • Crime Scene Investigation Techniques (CRIJ 4364)
  • Human Osteology (CRIJ 3420)
  • Physical Anthropology (CRIJ 3331)
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (CRIJ 4442)
  • Advanced Techniques in Forensic Anthropology (CRIJ 4377)
  • Graduate Courses
  • Forensic Anthropology (FORS 5333)
  • Techniques for Crime Scene Investigation (FORS 6094)
  • Criminalistics (FORS6094)

For more information on courses offerings, contact the Department of Forensic Science at (936) 294-4370.

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