SCSK 530 Forensics for First Responders

Peter Giesler

This selective acquaints future physicians, veterinarians, and law enforcement personnel with the underlying principles and concepts of modern forensic procedure. Emphasis is on preservation of evidence, securing of crime scenes, and proper maintenance of chain-of-custody of evidence. Through lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises, students who successfully complete the course should be able to recognize a crime scene, take appropriate steps to secure the area, and preserve the integrity of the scene. Students learn about types of physical evidence that may be found, how it is obtained, and how it is analyzed. The course covers legal procedures in the forensic sciences and specific groups that are involved in the scientific analysis of legal evidence.