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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 430
Course Title: Forensic Chemistry II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A survey of the methods used in the analysis of chemical and trace evidence encountered in the forensic laboratory. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 425, FRSC 425L; FRSC 430L is a co-requisite.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.


Use of a textbook in this course is left to the discretion of the

Course Objectives
  • To define common forms of evidence encountered at a crime scene.
  • To understand the distinction between class and individual evidence.
  • To evaluate various scientific techniques and schemes used in the analysis of chemical and trace evidence.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe various types and forms of evidence that is encountered at a crime scene.
  • Classify evidence as individual or class evidence and demonstrate recognition of its probative value.
  • Describe different techniques used to collect and preserve impression and physical match evidence.
  • Interpret impression and physical match evidence.
  • Describe different techniques used to collect and preserve trace evidence.
  • Interpret trace evidence.
  • Describe the analysis of chemical evidence.
Topical Outline:
  • Fingerprints
  • Serial numbers
  • Hairs
  • Adhesives
  • Inks, toners
  • Paint
  • Glass and soil
  • Fire residue
  • Explosives
  • Fibers

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Melinda McPherson Date: October 31, 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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