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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

January 22, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384,  lpifer@mnsfld.edu.

The following New Courses and New Program Proposal have been proposed by the Department of Chemistry and Physics:

 

NEW COURSES:

 

CHM 264 Chemical Methods in Forensic Science

Description:

An advanced treatment of the chemical methods used in the investigation of criminal activities. The use and reliability of chemical tests, solubilities, and reactions as well as the chemistry of chromatographic, spectroscopic and instrumental analyses will be included.

Prerequisite: CHM 110, SCI 104, SCI 107

3 undergraduate credits (2 lecture and 2 lab)

 

PHY 264 Physical Methods in Forensic Science

Description:

An advanced treatment of the physical methods used in the investigation of criminal activities. The measurement of physical properties, characteristics, imprints, and impressions as well as the physics of projectile trajectories, blood splatter, and explosions will be included.

Prerequisite: CHM 110, SCI 104, SCI 107

3 undergraduate credits (2 lecture and 2 lab)

 

NEW PROGRAM:

MINOR IN FORENSIC SCIENCE

 

Rationale for program.

Mansfield University currently has over 250 criminal justice majors and 200 science majors per year. These students have a variety of options open to them with regards to careers in their field. One glaring exception, which has increased in demand, is in forensic science. Further, the general public is currently quite interested in understanding what forensic science can and cannot do in the apprehension of criminals. This interest is not likely to be abated for a while. Our students, in science, criminal justice are asking for more forensic science courses to be included in the curriculum. At present, the only course offering is one non-major general education course. We would like to expand the offerings of the department by two courses in forensic science, require several courses in chemistry, physical science and criminal justice and offer a minor in forensic science.

 

Program description for catalog:

Forensic science is the application of science to law. The minor in forensic science is designed to give the student a limited background in introductory and applied science and the relevant law in the collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence.

 

Minor in Forensic Science:

Course No.

Title

Hrs

Description

CHM 110

Survey of Chemistry

4

Intro to Chemistry and Biochemistry

SCI 107*

Physical Science I

3

Intro to Physics and Applied Physics

SCI 104*

Forensic Science

3

Intro to Forensic Science

CJA 336

Criminalistics

3

Evidence collection and the Law

CHM 264#

Chemical Methods in Forensic Science

3

Advanced Chemical Methods of Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation of Evidence

PHY 264#

Physical Methods in Forensic Science

3

Advanced Physical Methods of Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation of Evidence

*Department will be submitting course change paperwork to change prefix of crosslisted CHM/PHY to SCI.

#New courses being proposed.

 

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