Class Highlight - Introduction to Forensic Science

Class Highlight - Introduction to Forensic Science

What class?

LSCJ 4123 - Introduction to Forensic Science

Why is it cool?

With the many related news reports, television programs, movies and books, it is no surprise that the field of forensic science has captured the attention of much of the general public. This course exposes students to various forensic science disciplines and stimulates lifelong learning skills by having students apply scientific principles and ideas and then relate them to criminal investigations and our legal system.

Forensic science is defined as the science of associating people, places and things involved in criminal activities.Forensic science is interdisciplinary in nature and includes fields such as drug identification, toxicology, latent prints, forensic biology, digital evidence, firearms and trace analysis. In all areas of forensic science the basic tenets are the same: recognition, collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence.

In this class, students become the forensic scientist and apply the scientific method to process a crime scene, determine the sex of skeletal remains, determine the order of bullet holes in glass and identify a bank robber through handwriting comparisons. They learn about what goes on “behind the scenes” of criminal investigations, and how to apply those skills to serve the public good.

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Mark McCoy, Ph.D.

Dr. McCoy is an adjunct professor at the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. He worked for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for 20 years, before which he was an officer for the Tulsa Police Department and the United States Marine Corps. He has investigated and supervised the investigation of all types of major crime from homicide to public corruption. His research interests include the application of technology in law enforcement, computer forensics, computer crime and law enforcement education and training.