Academics

Forensic Anthropology Track

Forensic science is an important part of biological anthropology. Many of the concepts and techniques utilized by criminologists, forensic psychologists, and coroners have been drawn from the research of American Archaeologists and Anthropologists. Students interested in pursuing a graduate career in forensic science are challenged to apply current research in archaeology and biological anthropology with laboratory techniques designed around the work of toxicologists, forensic technicians, dissection specialists, and crime scene investigators.

Required Courses:

ANT 303 Death and Archaeology
This course introduces students to mortuary rituals and the methods of mortuary archaeologists. Topics will include: applications for human osteology, forensic analyses, bioarchaeology, and mortuary ritual. Prereq: sophomore standing

BIO 323 Medical Terminology
The basic elements, rules of building and analyzing medical words, and medical terms associated with the body as a whole. Utilizing a systems approach, the student will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, oncology, and pharmacology. In addition to medical terms, common abbreviations applicable to each system will be interpreted. Prereq: BIO 201

BIO 331 Cell Biology
Study of the cell as the fundamental structural and functional unit of living organisms: cell morphology and morphogenesis, cellular movement, interaction, ultrastructure and related organelle functions, reproduction, differentiation and histogenesis. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 201 and BIO 202

BIO 341 Microbiology
A survey of microorganisms, their structure, geochemical activity, nutrition, growth, application in industry, and control in public health. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 201 and BIO 202

BIO 355 Pathophysiology
An integration of human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry with special emphasis on the etiology and mechanisms of disease. Lecture topics will include: cell injury, inflammation, immunity, neoplasia, blood and circulatory disorders, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, electrolyte imbalances, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, musculoskeletal disease, pain management and disorders of the central nervous system. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 202

BIO 360 Genetics
Physical and chemical basis of heredity and variation: genetic system, structure and roles of nucleic acids, mutation, and genes in development and population genetics. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 201 and BIO 202

BIO 433 Molecular Biology
Major themes in biochemistry are examined in the context of mammalian physiology. Topics include: protein structure and enzyme catalysis, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in relation to energy production, nitrogen metabolism, vitamins, protein and nucleic acid synthesis, and the nature of the genetic code. 3 lec, 3 hrs. lab. Prereq: BIO 331 and BIO 360

SOC 250 Sociology of Crime and Deviant Behavior
A sociological examination of crime and delinquency in the U.S. The course covers crime, victims, methods of control and their alternatives, treatment, prevention, and the criminal justice system.