Academic Catalog

Forensic Science/Science (SCIE)

SCIE 105  Forensic Science  4 cr.   (3 + 2)  

Forensic science is the study and application of science to the processes of law; it involves the recognition, collection, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence. This introductory course in forensic science explains how to apply basic scientific principles of biology, chemistry, and physics to physical evidence that is collected at crime scenes. In the laboratory, emphasis will be on scientific methods utilized in the examination of various items of physical evidence, such as fingerprints, impressions, DNA, hairs, fibers, drugs, paint, and fire debris Code 5 course fee.

SCIE 129  Travel Seminar: Global Science  3 cr.   (2 + 0 + 3)  

This travel seminar provides the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the culture of a select country, while studying environmental and scientific impacts in that country. Students will have immersion activities that include tours and cultural events focused on environmental, geological and/or general scientific application in the select country. The course is designed to promote global awareness and enhance scientific understanding.

SCIE 140  Food Science  2 cr.  

This course covers what chemicals are typically found in foods including preservatives, colorants, flavorings, and additives. Students will be exposed to how these chemicals interact with human physiology with both beneficial and malevolent results. Concepts of genetically modified foods and the food processing industry will be discussed from a chemical and physiological perspective. A study of the activities of food scientists including the development of new food products, design of processes to produce these foods, choice of packaging materials, shelf-life studies, sensory evaluation of the product, as well as microbiological and chemical testing will be discussed. This course is not a General Education Science lab course.

SCIE 145  History of Science  2 cr.  

This course covers the historical development of science from its primitive ancient discovery of metals, through alchemy, the initiation of chemistry as a succinct science and the beginnings of the study of biology. The course will progress through the ages with an emphasis on the major scientists and their contributions which markedly transformed belief structures and established the foundations of what we know today as "Science." This course is not a General Education Science lab course.