Course descriptions

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140. Introduction to Forensic Science. 3 hrs. The biological, chemical, physical and physiological principles important for the understanding of forensic science

140L. Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory. 1 hr. Concurrent registration in FSC 140 is required

141. Introduction to Forensic Science II. 3 hrs. This course is designed to cover the fundamental aspects of drug identification, toxicology, solid dosage and DNA.

301. Forensic Biology I. 3 hrs. Identification and analysis of blood and other bodily fluids found at crime scenes and laboratory samples from a forensic perspective.

320. Forensic Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FSC 140/140L. Corequisite: FSC 320L. Overview of forensic laboratory instrumentation used in today's forensic laboratories.

320L. Forensic Analysis Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite: FSC 140/140L. Corequisite: FSC 320. Overview of forensic laboratory instrumentation used in today's forensic laboratories.

321. Forensic Biology II. 3 hrs. Designed to cover the analysis of body fluids using DNA fingerprinting techniques and comparison of different samples using DNA signatures.

340. Fingerprint Analysis and Techniques. 3 hrs. Study of the techniques employed in the identification, interpretation, classification, and recovery of fingerprints

340L Fingerprinting Techniques Laboratory. 1 hr. Concurrent registration in FSC 340 is required

430. Survey of Forensic Toxicology. 3 hrs. Toxicology as applied to forensic investigations

430L. Survey of Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisite: FSC 320/320L. Corequisite: FSC 430. Overview of sample preparation and use of forensic lab instruments used for Toxicology analyses.

435. Forensic Laboratory Policies and Procedures. 3 hrs. Overview of Forensic Laboratory Operations manual, Quality Assurance and Quality Control manuals

440. Drug Identification. 3 hrs. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions covering all aspects of drug identification, emphasizing those relating to law enforcement

440L. Drug Identification Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisites: FSC 310, FSC 310L. Corequisite: FSC 440. Overview and use of Forensic laboratory instrumentation to identify drugs and other precursor substances.

442. Arson and Explosives. 3 hrs. Introduction to fire investigation; arson and bombings

442L. Arson and Explosives Laboratory. 1 hr. Concurrent registration in FSC 442 is required

445. Crime Scene Documentation. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: FSC 310 and FSC 340 or permission of instructor. Concurrent registration in FSC 445L is required. The processing of a crime scene, including crime scene photography, sketching of the crime scene and collecting and processing evidence

445L. Crime Scene Documentation Laboratory. 1 hr. A laboratory designed to accompany FSC 445. Concurrent registration in FSC 445 is required

480. Seminar in Forensic Science. 3 hrs. May be repeated for credit. Designed to cover areas of significance in the field of forensic science. Topics may include medio-legal death investigation, vehicle fire investigation, and forensic photography

491. Special Projects in Forensic Science. 1 hr. Individual studies in forensic science principles

491L. Laboratory for Forensic Science. 3 hrs. Laboratory to accompany FSC 491

497. Field Study in Forensic Science. 3, 6, or 9 hrs. Prerequisite: permission of the director of Forensic Science. Field work offering research and practice in a forensic science setting

499. British Studies. 1-6 hrs. Variable content. Lecture series and research under the auspices of the Center of International Education


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)