Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: FOS                                     Course Number: 313                                    
Course Title: An Introduction to Criminalistics for Forensic Science Majors
Subject: Forensic Science
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


An introduction to the problems and techniques of the scientific examination of physical evidence with emphasis on documentation and interpretation of physical patterns. Review of the theoretical bases of methods of comparison and their influence on scientific interpretation. Topics will include scientific photography, imprints, impressions, toolmarks, gunshot residue, cordage and textile examinations. Laboratory exercises will include forensic photography, analysis of fingerprints, hair, gunshot residue and footwear outsole patterns.

Prerequisite: ENG 102, CHE 201, CHE 202.
Restrictions: This course may not be taken after FOS 415, FOS 416.
  • 3 hours: 1 hour lecture, 2 hours laboratory.

Start Date:    08/31/2001                         End Date: