University of North Texas Forensic Science Program
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The Forensic Science Certificate consist of courses covering topics in Forensic Science. This certificate includes courses in the biological sciences, chemistry, and criminal justice departments at UNT and requires a B.S. degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry, a Forensic Science internship, and the FSAT exam.

The courses and course descriptions required in the Forensic Program are:

CJUS 3330 Introduction to Criminalistics (3 hours)
Overview of the field of criminalistics, with a focus on the recognition, collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence. Introduction to topics such as fingerprint examination, trace evidence analysis and firearm examination. Prerequisite for more advanced criminalistics courses. Prerequisite(s): CJUS 2100 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
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BIOL 3331 Biomedical Criminalistics (3 hours)
Survey of the various forensic sciences with emphasis on direct examination of human remains and directly related biological evidence; e.g. anthropology, pathology, odontology. Students learn how cases arise, i.e. how remains are located, recovered and processed. Supporting biological, clinical and physical sciences will also be covered; e.g. toxicology, entomology, DNA science, forensic geology/palynology and remote sensing. Prerequisite(s): CJUS 3330 or consent of department.
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CJUS 4360 Criminal Investigation (3 hours)
The study of methods of obtaining and reporting information from the crime scene, victims, witnesses and suspects. Specific attention is given to investigation of index crimes (homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft and larceny). Prerequisite(s): CJUS 2100, CJUS 3201 and CJUS 3300 or equivalents.
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BIOL 4240 Forensic Microscopy (3 hours)
Extensive forensic microscopic analysis lecture and lab with emphasis on the fundamentals necessary for identification and characterization of trace evidence materials such as glass, hair, fibers, explosives, soil, paint, and biological samples. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2370. 2380, 3210, 3220 and BIOL 3451, 3452.
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BIOL 4590 Forensic Molecular Biology (3 hours)
Intensive laboratory course designed to give students experience and expertise in the basic molecular techniques currently utilized by the majority of forensic laboratories performing forensic DNA analysis. Prerequisite(s): BIOL/BIOC 4570.
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CHEM 4631/4632 Instrumental Analysis w/ lab (4 hours)
Principles and theory of chemical analysis utilizing absorption spectroscopy in ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions, nuclear and electron spin resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, polarography and other advanced instrumental techniques. Identification and analysis of compounds through spectroscopy in ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions, nuclear and electron spin resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemistry and other advanced instrumental techniques. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3451, 3452, and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4631.
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CHEM 4351 Forensic Chemistry (3 hours - FSAT exam required during course)
Analytical chemistry applied to forensic science. Statistics and error analysis, sampling techniques and instrumentation, pharmacology and toxicology, materials chemistry, combustion, analysis of drugs and physical evidence. Identification and analysis of forensic evidence through absorption and transmission spectroscopy, chromatography (TLC, HPLC, GC), electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, and atomic emission analysis.
Prerequisite(s):CHEM 2380, 3451, 3452.
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BIOL/CHEM 4900 Forensic Science Internship (1-3 hours)
Internship opportunities on campus and in surrounding areas, working in the forensic science field. Prerequisite(s): may vary, see application form for more information.
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* The student is also required to take the FSAT exam


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