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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

November 11, 2003

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The department of Chemistry and Physics has requested the following curricular changes:

# 1 Action:
Program Change: Minor in Forensic Science

Rationale for change:
New courses have been added in Criminal Justice which are equal in content with the courses previously required. The content of either of the Physical Science courses is consistent with the desired background for the minor program of study.
List all the changes:
CJA 3336 Criminalistics as required course to a choice of CJA 3336 Criminalistics OR CJA 3262 Investigation and Interrogation
SCI 1107 Physical Science I to a choice of SCI 1107 Physical Science I OR SCI 1108 Physical Science II

# 2 Action:
New Program: B.S. Chemistry Forensic Science Concentration

Rationale for program:
The criminal justice system is in the midst of a revolution, as science has taken a large step forward in its importance in courtroom testimony. In addition to its popularization in the media, there is a real need for persons trained in the acquisition, processing, collection, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence. Traditionally, such persons were formally trained in chemistry (and biology and physics) and added post-graduate courses and workshops in forensic science. More recently the demand has come to have some formal training in forensic science as well. Our program combines the core chemistry degree, which is still necessary for students to fully understand the scope and depth of the science and laboratory skill needed to become a forensic scientist, while offering several specialized courses in forensic science to give students context in the specifics of the field.

This degree program will have the same general education and core chemistry requirements as the Chemistry and Biochemistry Concentrations. Required courses in the general education blocks: (i) MA 2231 in the Mathematics block, (ii) CHM 1111 and PHY 2210 in the Natural Science block, and (iii) MA 2232, CHM 1112, and PHY 2211 in the Gen Ed Electives block

Program Description for Catalog:
The B.S. degree in chemistry with forensic science concentration is designed for students who want a chemistry education that concentrates on the rapidly growing field of forensic science. This degree program includes a core chemistry curriculum combined with courses in criminal justice and physics that emphasize evidence collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of physical evidence that will combine breadth of field with depth of understanding. Some career opportunities for students completing this program include employment in pharmaceutical, biomedical, and forensic science laboratories. This program is excellent preparation for graduate study in forensic chemistry and analytical chemistry. The program follows the American Academy of Forensic Sciences recommended curriculum.

Program Objectives:
The program objective is to offer an exciting and challenging alternative degree program that will hopefully result in more chemistry graduates.

Additional information for Minor in Forensic Science and B.S. Chemistry Forensic Science Concentration

Degree requirements for Minor in Forensic Science:

Course Number & Title Hours Description
CHM 1110 Survey of Chemistry 4 Intro to Chemistry and Biochemistry
SCI 1107 Physical Science I 3 Intro to Physics and Applied Physics
  OR  
SCI 1108 Physical Science II 3 Intro to Physics and Applied Physics
SCI 1104 Forensic Science
3 Intro to Forensic Science
CJA 3336 Criminalistics 3 Evidence Collection and the Law
  OR  
CJA 3262 Investigation & Interrogation 3 Evidence Collection and the Law
CHM 3264 Chemical Methods in
Forensic Science
3 Advanced Chemical Methods of Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation of Evidence
PHY 3264 Physical Methods in Forensic Science 3 Advanced Physical Methods of Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation of Evidence


Degree requirements for B.S. Chemistry Forensic Science Concentration:

This degree program will have the same general education and core chemistry requirements as the Chemistry and Biochemistry Concentrations.
Required courses in the general education blocks:

(i) MA 2231 in the Mathematics block,

(ii) CHM 1111 and PHY 2210 in the Natural Science block, and

(iii) MA 2232, CHM 1112, and PHY 2211 in the Gen Ed Electives block.

The core courses (49 credits) will remain:

CHM 1111 General Chem I 4
CHM 1112 General Chem II 4
CHM 3301 Organic I 4
CHM 3301 Organic II 4
CHM 3311 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 3321 Physical I 4
CHM 3332 Instrumental 4
CHM 4410 Seminar (x 2) 2
MA 2231 Calculus I 4
MA 2232 Calculus II 4
MA 2233 Calculus III 4
PHY 2210 General Physics I 4
PHY 2211 General Physics II 4

The electives will include the Introduction to Forensic Science course, required science courses, Criminal Justice electives, and other science electives.

SCI 1104 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
CHM 3264 Chemical Methods in Forensic Science 3
CHM 4420 Qualitative Organic Chemistry 4
PHY 3264 Physical Methods in Forensic Science 3

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
CJA 3262 Investigation and Interrogation 3
CJA 3336 Criminalistics 3
CJA 3355 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3

CHOOSE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING
CHM 3322 Physical II 4
CHM 4431 Inorganic 4
CHM 3341 Biochemistry 4
BI 3370 Cell Biology 4

This degree program will have 74 credits specified in general education and courses required for the major.

 

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