Forensic Science (FRSC)

FRSC C100 Introduction to Forensic Science 3 crs.

This course reviews forensic methods commonly employed in the examination of physical evidence by a forensic scientist used for identification or comparison in civil or criminal crime scene investigation and legal proceedings. Familiarizes students with the methods and techniques currently employed by forensic scientists to have a working knowledge and understanding of the technical world of forensic science.

FRSC C200 Criminalistics I: Crime Scene 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the techniques of crime scene investigation. Topics include the value of evidence; preservation of the crime scene; crime scene searching; photography; and crime scene analysis. Also covered are techniques for the recognition, collection, and preservation of specific types of evidence.

FRSC C201 Criminalistics II: Crime Lab 3 crs.

This course introduces students to the advanced concepts of the forensic science and medical-legal investigation. Topics include forensic pathology, odontology, anthropology, gunshot injuries, blunt and sharp force trauma, and child abuse.

FRSC C301 Criminalistics III: Controlled Substances 3 crs.

The course reviews the broad area of drugs or chemicals whose manufacture, possession, or use  are regulated by the government and subject to legislative control. Topics covered include drug identification, drug dependency, drug effects, and forensic toxicology.

FRSC C370 Forensic Psychology 3 crs.

The course is suited for individuals who seek careers in law, law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, etc.  Familiarizes students with the varied components and applications of forensic psychology. Forensic psychology involves applying psychology to the field of criminal and civil investigation and the law.

FRSC-C380 Forensic Pathology 3 crs.

This course introduces students to the medical specialty of Forensic Pathology –the practice of laboratory medicine as it applies to the law and legal issues. It examines the basics of forensic science and death investigation, post mortem changes, time of death and identification of the decedent, and types of cases, which fall under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner/coroner including violent, natural and unexplained deaths.

FRSC C498 Research in Forensics 3 crs.

Students engage in supervised research in forensic science under the guidance of a Loyola faculty member. Students present a formal research proposal and upon approval complete the research within one semester. This will usually be the last course completed in the Forensic Science minor.