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Spring 2010 Course Catalog 
Spring 2010 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CHEM 128A - Introduction to Criminalistics

4 credits

Criminalistics is the application of science to the examination of physical evidence obtained in the investigation of a crime. Both the lecture and laboratory emphasize the role of forensic science within the criminal justice system. Lecture topics include the crime scene, collection of physical evidence, fingerprints, firearms, and serology. Where possible, guest lectures by trained in-service personnel (local police, firefighters) supplement the class. The lab experience covers areas of forensics such as fingerprints, microscopes, serology, and spectroscopy as well as in basic laboratory techniques. The course includes a field trip to a local forensic science laboratory.