LAWE 367

Exploring Forensic Science

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 18, 2018 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course will provide the student with a general overview and a better understanding of the wide range of disciplines found within the forensic sciences. Fundamental topics such as forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, and forensic accounting will be discussed. In addition 'traditionally' recognized topics in forensic science such as DNA, Trace Evidence, Impression Evidence, Drugs, and Questioned Documents will be covered. The course instructor will utilize multi-media in a lecture format, utilizing case-studies, video supplements and expert guest speakers.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply forensic science theories and tools to real life cases.
  • Evaluate DNA, Trace evidence, impression evidence, and question document role regarding forensic science.
  • Examine, differentiate and explain the influences of anthropology, entomology, and ontology on forensic science.
  • Analyze and compare forensic pathology and forensic accounting.
  • Explain basic principles of evidence and physical evidence exchange theory.
  • Demonstrate the processes and requirements of documentation of evidence and the crime scene.
  • Understand and demonstrate the appropriate collection and packaging of forensic evidence.
  • Identify and evaluate emerging issues and trends in the field of forensic science.