CHEM 3130 Modern Forensic Science 3/0/3
Case-oriented approach will be used to explore selected topics of forensic science. These include: 1 the scientific and technological foundation for the examination of evidence; 2 the scope of expert qualifications and testimony, the legal status of scientific techniques, and the admissibility of the results in evidence; 3 the analysis of trace evidence including glass, soil, hair, fibers, gunpowder residues and bullet fragments; 4 forensic toxicology and pharmacology are applied to the analysis of alcohol, poisons, and drugs; and 5 the characterization of blood and other body fluids. The cases which stimulate the exploration of these areas include: the O.J. Simpson case, the John Kennedy assassination, the Jeffery Lindberg baby kidnapping, and the Tylenol poisonings. Not applicable for major or minor credit in chemistry.