Forensic science describes the science of linking people, places, and things that are involved in criminal activity. The goal of this online course is to provide the student with a basic, introductory overview of forensic science. The student will learn the fundamentals of the different disciplines that encompass the field of forensic science.
Cost: $175.00. This course takes 40 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This is a non-credit course offering 5.40 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 40 hours. The course cost is $175.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents:
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Crime Scene Investigation
Unit 3: Basics of Evidence
Unit 4: Microscopy
Unit 5: Spectroscopic Techniques and Separation Methods
Unit 6: Pattern Evidence
Unit 7: Friction Ridge Examination
Unit 8: Forensic Chemistry
Unit 9: Forensic Biology
Unit 10: Trace Evidence
Unit 11: Other Areas of Forensic Science
Unit 12: Science and Law
Unit 13: Forensic Laboratory Quality Assurance
There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer?
Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the “my grades” tab in the course once it has been updated.
Are discussion posts required?
Answer: Yes, all the discussion posts in this course are required.
There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.
Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
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Samantha Neal is the Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops research, scientific resources, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities are the development and coordination of online continuing education courses in forensic science and continuing education programs. She has undergraduate degrees in both Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Chemistry.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-293-5836
Alicia Holman is a Forensic Project Coordinator with the Forensic Science Initiative. She joined FSI in 2007 as a student worker and has since received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Investigations at West Virginia University. Alicia is currently overseeing a grant which will present defense and prosecuting attorneys the opportunity to learn more about the basic precepts of forensic science.
Registration is accepted year-round for this course. Click on the "Register Now" button at the top to register online through our secure server. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.
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We offer discounts for groups over 10. All individuals in the group need to register for the same course to take advantage of the discount. Discount rates vary by group size as follows:
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