FORENSIC 1320 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation 3 Credits

This course delves into various types of technology, techniques and equipment used in crime laboratories, and various types of technology, techniques and equipment used by crime scene technicians at a crime scene. Course also provides an overview for the career of crime scene technicians.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 2320 Fingerprint Classification and Development 3 Credits

This course delves into the theoretical and practical applications of fingerprint identification. Course involves developing latent prints from numerous sources in a laboratory setting and at a crime scene. Course also includes rolling fingerprints and fingerprint comparison using automated fingerprint identification systems. Students learn to examine and classify latent prints using the henry alpha - numeric classification system.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 2420 Evidence Collection and Preservation 2 Credits

This course covers the methodology associated with the collection and preservation of physical evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, footwear impressions, and blood and biological samples at crime scenes. Chain of custody procedures, recording evidence submissions and managing and maintaining evidence collection storage facilities will also be covered. The course will adhere to a step-by-step training associated with the most current version of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Evidence Collection Handbook, (8th Ed).
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Spring

FORENSIC 2620 Investigative Photography 3 Credits

Investigative Photography is a course designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of photography and its application to the science and technology of criminal investigation. Students will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to record and document, collect, protect and defend the credibility of evidence with the use of photography.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 3040 Crime Scene Processing Techniques 4 Credits

Crime Scene Processing Techniques is a course crafted to familiarize the student with the methodologies and techniques associated with scientific crime scene processing. The student will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to document, collect, preserve, and defend the credibility of evidence. The student will take part in lecture and laboratory components to ensure theoretical understanding and technical application of the material presented.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 2620
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 3140 Criminalistics 5 Credits

The function and techniques of the application of scientific methods to the evaluation of physical evidence. The course examines the various analytical systems used in the evaluation of physical evidence with a balance between the theoretical framework and practical application in the laboratory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 3040 with "C-" or better in all and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 4020 Courtroom Testimony and Evidence 3 Credits

This course is intended to give the criminal justice student a fundamental understanding of the trial process including, inter alia, working with the prosecutor, establishing the chain-of-custody of evidence, qualifying as an expert, and legal requirements for specific forensic evidence. Although not a pre-law course, this course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the intricacies of trial-related issues of concern to investigators, police officers, and forensic examiners.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Forensic Investigation major or minor or Criminal Justice major or minor and junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

FORENSIC 4500 Directed Individual Studies 1-3 Credits

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student with staff approval.
Components: Independent Study
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4500
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 3140 with a "C-" or better, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 4620 Current Topics in Forensic Investigation 1-3 Credits

Current issues in forensic investigation that may not warrant a permanent course. Course content will be announced each time the course is presented.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

FORENSIC 4720 Honors Research in Forensic Investigation 2-4 Credits

The practical application of research to the forensic investigation field. The student will design a complete research project within the framework of a tutorial relationship with a member of the forensic investigation or criminal justice faculty.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 3140 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

FORENSIC 4880 Internship 8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a governmental or private agency, emphasis place on integration of criminal justice theory and practice through field observations, practical experience, and extensive report writing, including submission of daily reports, administrative reports, and case reports.
Components: Field Studies
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4880
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 4920 Forensic Investigation Seminar 3 Credits

Discussion and evaluation of problems in the contemporary criminal justice system; individual research and presentation of findings.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better, senior standing and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring