Courses

  • GMS FS 721: Forensic DNA Analysis Laboratory
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 720 Molecular Biology of Forensic DNA Analysis (pre- or co-req)
    This lab-based course will provide theory and practice in procedures used in forensic DNA analysis. Sessions will include use of several DNA extraction techniques, clean technique for contamination prevention, real time PCR for human DNA quantitation, PCR amplification of STR loci and DNA profile analysis. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 730: Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Analysis
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 720 and GMS FS 721
    This course will build on topics presented in the Forensic DNA Analysis course and laboratory. Students will gain experience interpreting STR data from compromised and mixed source samples, and will understand the theory behind DNA profile frequency calculations. An in-depth review of techniques and methodology used in a forensic DNA laboratory and the roles that accreditation, validation and quality assurance play will be discussed. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 740: Analysis of Controlled Substances
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 703 Forensic Chemistry
    This lecture-based course will provide information on the important methods of analysis of most commonly abused illicit substances including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, hallucinogens, amphetamines and novel psychoactive substances. Additionally, the production, distribution and history of these commonly abused drugs will be covered. Laboratory accreditation requirements will also be discussed. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 800: Criminal Law II - Mock Court
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 700 Criminal Law and Ethics
    This interactive course builds upon the material discussed in Criminal Law and Ethics regarding the criminal trial process, the role of the forensic witness and the presentation of scientific testimony and physical evidence in court. Students will actively participate in presenting testimony as well as critiquing the performance of others in a mock court setting. Instructors may utilize reports and projects prepared in other courses to provide the subject matter for the students' testimony. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 803: Advanced Topics in Forensic Chemistry
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 703 Forensic Chemistry
    This lecture-based course will provide students with an understanding of advanced analytical techniques and physical chemistry applications. Lecture topics will include: hypothesis testing, experimental design, control charts, measuring analytical uncertainty, spectral interpretations and forensic applications of thermodynamics and electrochemistry. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 806: Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
    Prereq: GMS FS 701 Crime Science Investigation. This combination hands-on and lecture-based course will cover specialized aspects of crime scene processing and reconstruction with a focus on the use of technology. Topics such as 3-D image capture, advanced UV and IR techniques, use of CAD software and mobile apps for crime scene mapping will be covered. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 830: Forensic Toxicology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 703 Forensic Chemistry
    This lecture-based course will provide an overview of the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and toxicology of common drugs of interest to the forensic toxicologist. An emphasis will be placed on applying the principles of pharmacokinetics to the interpretation of drug blood and urine levels, and on developing an understanding of how drugs (including ethanol) interact with the biology and physiology of the human body. Students will also acquire knowledge of the chemical structure of common drugs. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 840: Case Practicum in Forensic Biology /DNA
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 704 Forensic Biology Laboratory, GMS FS 730 Advanced Topics inForensic DNA Analysis
    This laboratory course will provide students with the opportunity to independently perform evidence assessment and testing for various types of biological evidence, as well as conduct a technical peer review in a mock forensic case setting. Advanced biological screening and DNA analysis techniques will be employed and students will become practiced in the analysis of complex DNA profiles. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 870: Directed Research and Professionalism in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of program/thesis advisor
    Students will register for this course in preparation for conducting a research-based thesis project. With direction from the student's thesis research committee, the student will investigate his/her thesis topic, develop a research plan including an outline of the project, become familiar with quality control and quality assurance issues and begin data collection. As part of the course, students will be required to attend designated instructional/discussion sessions as well as professional/scientific seminars. 2 cr., Fall and Spring sem.
  • GMS FS 871: Internship in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of program advisor
    An internship in a forensic setting is encouraged, and may be approved for academic credit depending on the number of hours and the nature of the work completed during the internship. With prior approval from the student's thesis advisor and the internship site supervisor, work completed at an internship may be used as the basis of the student's thesis. A completed evaluation from the internship supervisor describing the nature of the work completed and the quality of the student's performance will be required. In addition, the student will be required to write a summary of his/her internship experiences and responsibilities. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 970: Research in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of program/thesis advisor
    Each student must complete an independent program of research that will be incorporated into a thesis of publishable quality. The thesis clearly states a hypothesis or scientific question and presents the author's findings to support the stated proposition. Thesis topics are developed in conjunction with a research committee consisting of faculty members and/or other qualified individuals. Registration for this course should be during the semester in which the student anticipates graduation from the program. 2 cr
  • GMS FS 971: Research in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of program/thesis advisor
    Each student must complete an independent program of research that will be incorporated into a thesis of publishable quality. The thesis clearly states a hypothesis or scientific question and presents the author's findings to support the stated proposition. Thesis topics are developed in conjunction with a research committee consisting of faculty members and/or other qualified individuals. Registration for this course should be during the semester in which the student anticipates graduation from the program. 2 cr
  • GMS GC 600: Genetic Diagnosis and Laboratory Methods
    This course will provide students the opportunity to learn laboratory techniques and methodologies relevant to the field of genetic counseling. Multiple lectures/discussions relate to results and interpretation from the genetic counseling perspective. Additionally, three lab tours are scheduled. . 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 601: Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling
    This two-semester course addresses topics related to the development of a competent genetic counselor. Instructional content, combined with group discussions and student presentations, will cover the history and development of the profession, care across the lifespan, and ethical/social issues. 3 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 602: Clinical Genetics
    This course will provide information regarding etiology, features, testing, and treatment for a variety of genetic conditions. The topics are arranged by organ system to expand on the material covered in GMC GC603. Clinical case studies and presentations will supplement. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 603: Embryology, Teratology, and Prenatal Genetics
    This course will review human embryology, the teratogenic factors leading to abnormal development, and the common indications for prenatal genetic counseling, including advanced maternal age, abnormal serum screening, ultrasound anomalies, diagnostic procedures, and prenatal complications. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GC 604: Cancer Genetic Counseling
    This course introduces students to the specialty of cancer genetics, through topics such as the biology of cancer, current cancer statistics and epidemiology, risk assessment, pathology, testing for cancer susceptibility genes, hereditary cancer syndromes, testing methodologies, treatment options, surveillance, survivorship, and psychosocial issues.
  • GMS GC 605: Clinical Applications in Human Genetics
    This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of human genetics and their clinical applications. Topics include the chromosomal, molecular, and biochemical basis of disease, prenatal diagnosis, genetic counseling, bioinformatics, and congenital anomalies. 4 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GC 606: GC Seminar 1
    The objectives of this Seminar series include teaching students how to critique the medical and social science literature, orienting students to the complexities involved with case presentations, and enabling students to reflect and think critically about their clinical experiences. Also included are case conference presentations from BU faculty, alums, or other area genetic counselors or professionals on interesting, challenging, or unique genetic counseling related cases or topics, 2 cr each, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 607: GC Seminar 2
    The objectives of this Seminar series include teaching students how to critique the medical and social science literature, orienting students to the complexities involved with case presentations, and enabling students to reflect and think critically about their clinical experiences. Also included are case conference presentations from BU faculty, alums, or other area genetic counselors or professionals on interesting, challenging, or unique genetic counseling related cases or topics, 2 cr each, Fall & Spring sem.