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Administrative Unit:
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 425
Course Title: *Forensic Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to the methods and instrumentation used in the analysis of chemical evidence. Thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography and other relevant separation techniques, as well as UV-visible spectroscopy,
infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, will be discussed in depth. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 210, CHEM 306, 312, 312L. Corequisite: FRSC 425L.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Forensic Chemistry
By Bell (Pearson)
Course Objectives

  • To describe the principles of chromatography and the techniques of thin layer, gas and liquid chromatography.
  • To describe the principles of spectroscopy and the techniques of UV-visible, fluorescence, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometry.
  • To describe the principles of microscopy.
  • To understand the application of the above techniques to the analysis of forensic evidence.
  • To utilize statistics in the evaluation of data.

    Measurable Learning

  • Describe processes used to collect, preserve and prepare evidence.
  • Describe the methods and instrumentation used in the analysis of chemical evidence in the forensic science laboratory.

    Topical Outline:

  • Evidence packaging and inventory
  • Sample preparation
  • Microscopy
  • Chromatographic techniques
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Analysis of forensic evidence
  • Report writing


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

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    Prepared by: Melinda McPherson Date: October 13, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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