Courses

Courses and schedules are subject to change based on demand and availability.

Fall 2021

Featured Course: Traffic Homicide Investigation and Reconstruction

This course will teach students the principles of traffic homicide investigation as well as the accepted methodologies necessary to reconstruct collision events. Topics will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, visual observation and documentation of physical evidence, research, calculation of vehicle parameters, calculation of scene parameters, analysis of human factors and calculation of time-distance relationships.

Fall 2021

Featured Course: Artifacts of Decomposition Laboratory

This in-person, interactive elective course has been designed to give students a hands-on approach regarding the basic concepts of human decomposition and the estimation of post mortem interval. 

Which courses will you take in forensic medicine?

Degree Options

The online M.S. in Forensic Medicine program consists of 37 credits – 26 core credit hours and 11 elective credit hours – and has thesis and non-thesis options.

Full Course List

Core Courses

Course #Course NameCreditsTypeFallSpringSummer
GMS6360Principles of Forensic Medicine 14CoreX
GMS6361Principles of Forensic Medicine 2**4CoreX
GMS6362Principles of Crime Scene Investigation3CoreXXX
GMS6352Artifacts of Decomposition3CoreXXX
GMS6354Communication Skills in a Forensic Context3CoreXXX
GMS6351Trauma Analysis3CoreX
GMS6363Principles of Osteology3CoreX
GMS6905Independent Studies in Medical Sciences (Literature Survey)2CoreXXX
GMS6905Independent Studies in Medical Sciences (Final Exam)1CoreXXX

Electives – Online

Course #Course NameCreditsTypeFallSpringSummer
GMS6350Forensic Investigations3ElectiveXXX
GMS6353Gross Anatomical Exam3ElectiveX
GMS6355Traffic Homicide Investigation and Reconstruction3ElectiveX
GMS6356Applied Osteology3ElectiveX
GMS6357Forensic Photography***3ElectiveX
GMS6358Forensic Medicine 3**4ElectiveX
GMS6359Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis3ElectiveX
VME6053Skeletal Trauma Analysis in Animals3ElectiveX
VME6054Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensic Evidence3ElectiveX
GMS6971Research for Master's Thesis (Thesis Research)6ElectiveXXX
ENY6706Forensic Entomology3ElectiveX
GMS6365Principles of Forensic Psychology3ElectiveTBD

Most Maples Center program courses count as electives within other Maples Center programs, so long as they reasonably apply toward the degree. To learn more about these other programs please visit their websites: Shelter Medicine | Veterinary Forensic Sciences | Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation

Learn more about the thesis and non-thesis options and their course requirements here. 

Electives – In-Person

We offer opportunities for hands-on training with our in-person labs. The labs are 5 days and count as 3 academic credits upon completion. 

Course #Course NameCreditsTypeFallSpringSummer
GMS6357LForensic Photography Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6359LPrinciples of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6352LArtifacts of Decomposition Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6362LPrinciples of Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory3ElectiveX

*** Access to DSLR camera and tripod required
** Pre-requisites need to be met prior to taking FM2, FM3
Last updated 03/31/2021