Wayne State University

Curriculum

Post Bachelor Forensic Investigation certificate coursework

The Forensic Investigation certificate program is a combination of coursework at Wayne State University and affiliated medicolegal internship sites. 

Required courses (19 credits)

Course Number

Course name and description

Credits

CRJ 4220

Criminalistics

No credit after former CRJ 5150. Application of the physical and bio­logical sciences to criminal investigation; ballistics, fingerprints, DNA, trace evidence, drugs, arson and explosives, questioned documents, introduction to forensic anthropology, courtroom testimony, ethics.  (T)

4

MS 5011

Forensic Investigation of Firearms, Ballistics and Explosives

Open only to students in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Inves­tigation program. Prereq: M S 4010 or M S 6010. Introduction to fire­arm operation, identification, ballistics and explosive materials and devices from the perspective of forensic evaluation. Principles of forensic evidence collection and analysis discussed in lab. Offered in collaboration with Bioengineering Center Ballistic Research Labora­tory. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (W)

4

MS 4200

Forensic Anatomic Pathology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program, or Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation program. Role of medical examiner, early signs of death, medical investigation of cause of death, methods for identification of remains, medicolegal aspects of forensic science, toxicology specimen tech­niques, legal issues in anatomic/forensic pathology. (S)

3

MS 4010

Basic Forensic Analysis

Open only to students in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Inves­tigation program. The forensic lab, its organization, accreditation, and regulation; quality control, safety, and documentation; discussion and demonstration of methods for collection and processing of speci­mens. Specimen extraction techniques and analyte-specific analyti­cal instrumentation used in forensic laboratory. Basis for the forensic logic tree. (F)

3

MS 4011

Interview and Interrogation Techniques

Open only to students in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Inves­tigation program. Appropriate and effective techniques for conducting interviews in forensic investigations. Effective and efficient tech­niques for interviewing witnesses and interrogating defendants. Legal issues surrounding investigations; strategies in gathering infor­mation and obtaining confessions. (F)

3

MS 5010

Advanced Forensic Analysis

Open only to students in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Inves­tigation program. Prereq: MS 4010. New developments in the foren­sic laboratory; current areas of research and potential applications. Forensic logic trees and forensic case applications; novel techniques in crime scene investigation and analysis. (W)

2

 

Elective courses (minimum of six credits)

Course number

Course name and description

Credits

MS 5550

Special Topics: Expert Witness

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program or in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation. Lectures and discussions; invited speakers on current topics in the profession. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. (F)

1

MS 5990

Directed Study

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program or Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation pro­gram. Library and/or laboratory study of current or pending profes­sional development; study of an existing problem, study or development of new procedures or techniques. Assigned project under the guidance of departmental/program faculty member. (Y)

3

MS 4600

Internship

3 (only)

MS 5550

Special Topics: Case studies / Current Developments in Forensic Investigation

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program or in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation. Lectures and discussions; invited speakers on current topics in the profession. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. (W)

1

MS 5550

Special Topics:  Grief, Loss, Stress

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science program or in Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation. Lectures and discussions; invited speakers on current topics in the profession. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. (S/S)

1

MS 5996

Seminar

2


Certificate completion requirements

  • 24-26 total semester hours
  • All semester hours must be earned at WSU
  • Completion of all coursework with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 in certificate coursework

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