Cochise College

CATALOG 2014-15

CHM 128 ‡ Forensic Chemistry (4)

Prerequisite(s): MAT 081 or higher.

A one-semester course introducing the fundamentals of chemistry with emphasis placed on principles important to understanding forensic science. Topics include an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science, the identification, evaluation and preservation of physical and chemical evidence found at crime scenes, and methods for analyzing such evidence. Additional topics include an introduction to nuclear chemistry, the structure and analysis of drugs, and DNA structure and its importance in criminal investigation. Open to science and non-science majors.

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

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