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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Madonna University
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Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
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Crime Laboratory Technician Plan of Study

Crime Laboratory Technician: Cert Achieve
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Crime Laboratory Technician: Cert Achieve

   

   Certificate Requirements (36 cr. to be chosen)

   
      FOR 1010   Introduction to Forensic Science 4 cr.  Introduction to the theory and application of modern forensic science techniques. Fundamental science concepts applied to crime scene evidence collection and analysis. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: none. 
      FOR 3410   Impression and Trace Evidence Analysis 4 cr.  Theory and practical application of impression and trace evidence analysis in forensic science from crime scene collection to crime laboratory processing. Fundamental science concepts used in the preservation, analysis, and interpretation of impression and trace evidence applied in the course work and through hands-on laboratory experiments. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program and CHM 2220. 
      FOR 3420   Firearm and Tool Mark Analysis 4 cr.  Introduction to theory and application of firearm and tool mark analysis in forensic science. Fundamental science concepts used in the preservation, analysis, and interpretation of this evidence applied in the course work through hands-on laboratory experiments. Note: laboratory exercises are limited to disabled firearms using standard operating procedures for safety based on FBI laboratory protocols. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: admission to Forensic Science program. 

      FOR 3430/4640 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

   
         FOR 3430   Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 4 cr.  Examination of bioanthropological methods to aid in cases of forensic or medicolegal importance. The role of the forensic anthropologist and history of the discipline. Overview of the goals, techniques, and broader applications of forensic anthropology. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program and BIO 2450. 
         FOR 4640   Toxicology (BIO/FOR*) 3 cr.  Non-laboratory study of cellular and human pathophysiology as a result of toxic insult. Exploration of toxicants includes analysis of impact of human exposure and disease, as well as the forensic examination of samples for toxicants. Prerequisites: BIO 1030, CHM 2210; BIO 2250 or BIO 2460 recommended. 
      FOR 4520   Forensic Biology (BIO/FOR*) 4 cr.  Theory and application of current biological methods to the practice of forensic science including serological, immunological, and DNA analyses of human biofluids commonly recovered at crime scenes. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program, and BIO 3010 and CHM 3610, or permission of Program Director. 
      FOR 4540   Forensic Chemistry I (CHM/FOR*) 4 cr.  Focus on the forensic analysis of trace evidence (glass, soil, hair, fibers, paint and polymers) with emphasis on forensic microscopy and microchemical analysis. Topics include chemical processing for the detection, enhancement, and identification of latent substances. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHM 4510 and admission to Forensic Science program. 
      FOR 4550   Forensic Chemistry II (CHM/FOR*) 4 cr.  Focus on the forensic analysis of materials and residues (drugs, fire debris, explosives, gunshot residue, inks and paper). Also explores applications and limitations of chemometric modeling to assess the forensic significance of evidence. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: FOR 4540. 
      FOR 4650   Ethics and Expert Testimony 3 cr.  Investigative ethics and their implications for forensic science professionals. Overview of the laws governing expert testimony, including on-site case reviews in local courtrooms. The characteristics of an effective expert testimony are exhibited by students in capstone mock testimonies. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours field experience per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program and CJ 3040. 
      WRT 1010   College Composition I 3 cr.  Study and practice of strategies for academic writing, with a focus on writing and reading descriptive, narrative, and expository essays. Emphasis on writing as a process. Introduction to information literacy. Prerequisite: placement by Madonna University Writing Assessment Program. (Does not apply to any major or minor in the Language, Literature, Communication, and Writing department.) 

      Certificate Electives (3 cr. to be chosen)

   
         CJ  3040   Criminal Law and Procedure (CJ*/FOR) 3 cr.  This course examines the elements of criminal law, its purposes and its legal function. The course will focus on case law that relates to the laws of arrest, search and seizure, the rights and duties of officers and its citizens. Students will study the elements necessary to establish crime and criminal intent, sources of criminal law, criminal investigation procedures, criminal responsibility and general court procedures. 
         CJ  3210   Principles of Criminology (CJ*/FOR/SOC) 3 cr.  Study of the incidence, type, causes, and theories of adult deviant behavior. Emphasis is placed upon current crime trends and statistics and the processes involved in dealing with crime. 
         FOR 3430   Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 4 cr.  Examination of bioanthropological methods to aid in cases of forensic or medicolegal importance. The role of the forensic anthropologist and history of the discipline. Overview of the goals, techniques, and broader applications of forensic anthropology. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: admission to Forensic Science program and BIO 2450. 
         CJ  4150   Criminal Investigation (CJ*/FOR) 3 cr.  Integration of principles and procedures of criminal investigation; conduct at a crime scene; search, collection, and preservation of evidence; interviewing; methods used in crime laboratories; and planning for effective courtroom participation. Prerequisite: CJ 1020. 
         FOR 4640   Toxicology (BIO/FOR*) 3 cr.  Non-laboratory study of cellular and human pathophysiology as a result of toxic insult. Exploration of toxicants includes analysis of impact of human exposure and disease, as well as the forensic examination of samples for toxicants. Prerequisites: BIO 1030, CHM 2210; BIO 2250 or BIO 2460 recommended. 
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