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2021-2022 Catalog 
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CJ& 240 - Introduction to Forensic Science

Credits: 5
Covers many different areas of forensic science that are used today, including the latest methods and technologies used to solve crimes. Class is taught through lecture and expert speakers on topics such as autopsy procedures, arson investigation, explosives, ballistics and tool-marks, and DNA.

Enrollment Requirement: CJ& 101  and ENGL& 101  or higher; or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Recognize the most up-to-date scientific advancements in forensics and criminalistics.
  2. Discuss the most relevant innovations in the collection and study of criminal evidence.
  3. Practice responsibility for the investigative group in order to learn the major issues and trends in the forensics field.
  4. Interpret expert speakers in each major area of forensics who will provide both lecture and demonstrate their individual expertise.

Program Outcomes
  1. Give reasons for conclusions, assumptions, beliefs and hypotheses.
  2. Meet obligations necessary to complete individual and group tasks.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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