Oct 06, 2022  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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CHEM 4870 - Forensic Chemistry II: Procedures, Drugs and Trace Analysis

Surveys chemical problems most frequently encountered in crime labs and their currently acceptable solutions, as well as special techniques not covered in other analytical chemistry courses.

Requisites: C- or better in (CHEM 4310 and 4840) and Sr
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Capstone: Capstone or Culminating Experience
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be familiar with the implementation and outcomes of presumptive color tests for drugs of abuse.
  • Be familiar with the macroscopic and microscopic botanical features of marijuana.
  • Be familiar with the use of different microscopy techniques for the analysis and comparison of trace evidence.
  • Be skilled in expert witness testimony and court room testifying, and be familiar with the ethical boundaries of the scientist/expert witness.
  • Know the common/key methods of forensic chemical analyses.
  • Know the sequence of analyses and outcomes of presumptive, screening and confirmatory tests for drugs of abuse.
  • Understand lab certification and validation protocols.
  • Understand the procedures and policies regarding the collection, transfer, handling, analysis and disposal of evidence.
  • Understand the role of expert witness testimony in the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Understand the theory and operation of the various chemical instruments used in a typical crime laboratory.

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