South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Forensic Science Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


FOS 101 - Forensic Orientation (3, 3)

Prerequisite: RDG 082 with minimum grade of C

Students will be exposed to careers, ethical issues, and other resources available on the internet in several sections of the crime lab and the affects it has on the analysts approach to casework. Noteworthy cases and popular techniques will also be important in understanding the evolution of the forensic community nationally and internationally.

FOS 205 - Forensic Biology/DNA (4, 5)

Prerequisite: BIO 105 with minimum grade of C and approval of department chair

This course provides instruction in forensic biology including the identification of biological materials as well as historical and present-day techniques used in DNA typing.

FOS 210 - Forensic Chemistry (5, 7)

Prerequisite: CHM 114 with minimum grade of C and approval of department chair. Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHM 205.

This course will explore the applications of chemistry to the analysis of physical evidence. Included among the topics will be the analysis of drugs, papers and inks, hairs and fibers, paints, arson debris, and explosive residues.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Anna Helwig, Program Coordinator at 708-596- 2000 ext. 2417.

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