Principles of Forensic Science
PHA 6850 Principles of Forensic Science


This is a 3-credit course.


This course is structured to introduce the basic disciplines of forensic science. The course is composed of 12 modules.


Please review our recommended course order.


Module Topic
Module 1 History and Nature of Forensic Science
Module 2 Crime Scene Investigation
Module 3 Latent Prints
Module 4 Trace Evidence
Module 5 Biological Evidence
Module 6 Forensic DNA Analysis
Module 7 Illicit Drugs
Module 8 Forensic Toxicology
Module 9 Firearms and Toolmarks
Module 10 Death Investigation
Module 11 Questioned Documents
Module 12 Fire and Explosive Examination

Recommended Materials

Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques
Author: Stuart H. James, Jon J. Nordby Ph.D., Suzanne Bell
Publisher: CRC; 5th edition, 2019Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1138048126
ISBN-10: 1138048127
Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group LLC, Routledge

Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism, 5th Edition
Author: James Girard, published 2021 by Jones & Bartlett
ISBN-13: 978-1284211450
ISBN-10: 1284211452

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