Hours Required120 credit hours
Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Pre-Law
Areas of FocusCrime Scene Investigation, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Pre-Law
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Crime Scene Investigation
Process a decomposition scene using digital imaging and other instrumentation. Collect insects, animals and trace evidence, then package and store the evidence and analyze it in the lab. Along with tactical skills, you will also develop skills in critical thinking, communication, team member relationships, leadership, scientific methodology and legal procedures.
Forensic biology is the application of genetics, cell and molecular biology and chemistry to link a person, whether suspect or victim, to a place, an object or another person. Forensic biology often involves the identification of body fluids and tissues, as well as the use of DNA to derive patterns that can have probative value.
Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry and chemical methods, using modern analytical equipment, to assist in the identification of unknown materials found at a crime scene. Some examples of forensic chemistry applications include the identification of illicit drugs or toxins, explosives residue and fibers.
Students can complete a 3-year sequence of forensic coursework in either Crime Scene Investigation or Forensic Biology options to start Law School in their fourth year.
Introduction to Forensic Science (FORS 120L)
Introduction to the United States legal system, serology, DNA analysis, crime scene investigation, comparative analysis, digital forensics and behavioral sciences with a hands-on lab.
Forensic Science Seminar (FORS 200)
Discuss current issues in research, ethics and professional practice related to forensic science.
Crime Scene Investigation (FORS 400)
Identification, collection, preservation and presentation of physical evidence. Discuss ethics and chain of custody.
Forensic Biology (FORS 401)
Ethics, quality assurance, quality control, analysis and interpretation of biological evidence for the legal system.
Forensic Toxicology (FORS 415)
Provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles of toxicology, pharmacokinetics, metabolism, analytical methods and instrumentation relative to forensic science.
Human Remains in Forensic Science (FORS 445)
Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and biological anthropology. Focus on estimation of biological profile and trauma assessment.
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Outside the Classroom
Charles Murrieta, Ph.D., Lecturer
Chuck Murrieta, Ph.D., is originally from Los Angeles, California. After his undergraduate education in Biology, Chuck moved on to complete his master's degree in molecular biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A few years later, he finished his doctoral education at the University of Wyoming studying animal nutrition and lipid biochemistry.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- The capstone class, FORS 485, features a mock crime scene at the crime house on campus and a mock trial where you must give your expert witness testimony.
- Earn credit for internships and research projects.
- Build your resume, CV and cover letters in multiple classes throughout the academic program.
- Participate in mock interviews held each spring with the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab.
- The forensic science clubs provide the opportunity to connect with peers in the major through various activities and network with guest speakers.
- Take classes and attend events with biochemistry, microbiology and forensic science majors in the Experience the Lab Learning Community.