Forensic Anthropology

  • GMS FA 700: Professional Skills and Thesis Research Development for Forensic Anthropology
    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and experience in professional skills, including writing skills, professional communication, requesting letter of recommendation, applying to PhD programs, interview skills, and reading and interpreting journal articles. In addition, considerable class time will be spent on developing a research topic and hypothesis, preparing a thesis proposal and in introduction to data collection, statistical analysis and the use of several instruments and tools commonly used by forensic anthropologists. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS FA 703: Zooarchaeology and Comparative Vertebrate Osteology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will provide students with an advanced basis for vertebrate zooarchaeological analysis including terminology, data gathering, data analysis, and practical identification skills for both whole and fragmentary vertebrate remains. These skills will be of direct use in archaeology, paleontology, and forensic anthropology. 4 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 704: Bioarchaeology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course examines how bioarchaeologists utilize skeletal data to reconstruct patterns of human behavior from diverse geographical and temporal contexts. This course will survey topics such as age and sex estimation, paleodemography, pathology, and trauma, levels of physical activity and evidence for habitual behavior, paleodietary analyses, identity, and ethics. The goal of this seminar is to ask what bioarchaeology is, understand how t has developed historically, and recognize how it contributes to our understanding of the past. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 705: Forensic Anthropology Techniques
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will provide students with a detailed history of forensic anthropology, including pioneers in the field, bone growth and development, and an extensive knowledge of protocols, methods, and procedures used by forensic anthropologists, to include distinguishing osseous from non-osseous material, distinguishing human from non-human remains, and estimating the biological profile. Students will be provided hands on experience in casework and will prepare several forensic anthropology case. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS FA 711: Forensic Pathology
    This lecture based course will provide the student with an overview of the role of the medical examiner as it relates to death investigations. Specific lectures will cover autopsy procedures in the investigation of gunshot wounds, sharp and blunt trauma, drowning, asphyxia, child deaths, motor vehicle accidents and time since death determination. A general knowledge of anatomy is strongly suggested. 3 cr
  • GMS FA 716: Expert Witness Testimony for Forensic Anthropologists
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course is in expert witness testimony of scientific evidence by forensic anthropologists. The purpose of this course is to give graduate students in the M.A. in Forensic Program an introduction to the United States criminal justice system, an overview of some of the unique challenges that scientific evidence present in the system and experience with providing expert witness testimony. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 718: Special Topics in Forensic Anthropology: Outdoor Crime Scene
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will provide students with an overview of physical evidence found at outdoor crime scenes of buried or scattered human remains. Focus will involve the recognition, documentation, and collection of physical evidence and the review of real cases in which human remains have been recovered and how physical evidence was used to help solve the crime. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS FA 720: Forensic Anthropology Internship
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    Students registered in this course will be expected to complete an approved internship in an anthropology or archaeology field school, forensic, or medicolegal setting. 2 cr, on demand.
  • GMS FA 755: Directed Studies in Forensic Anthropology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    Students will have the opportunity to develop a directed study in a specialized area of forensic anthropology or archaeology that is of particular interest. 4 cr, all sem.
  • GMS FA 760: Research in Forensic Anthropology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course is designed to facilitate the students' thesis research. Var cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS FA 761: Research in Forensic Anthropology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course is designed to facilitate the students' thesis research. Var cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 790: History, Method, and Theory in Biological Anthropology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will cover the theoretical and methodological principles of the major areas of biological anthropology. Initially focusing on the history of biological anthropology and evolutionary theory, the course will expand to cover skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and contemporary human variation. The last section will address the philosophy of science and anthropology and practical issues such as presenting and publishing papers and preparing grant proposals. It is intended that this course provide students with a thorough understanding of the correlation between the developments of the discipline of biological anthropology, evolutionary theory, and the practice of forensic anthropology in the United States. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS FA 800: Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology
    This course will provide students with a sound basis for archaeological methods applied to a variety of forensic settings. Students will learn core concepts from academic archaeology and how forensic archaeology differs from traditional methods. 3 cr
  • GMS FA 802: Applied Forensic Anthropology
    Students will gain extensive experience in forensic anthropological casework, to include experience in generating analytical notes and report preparation. Students will be exposed to a variety of casework situations that forensic anthropologists encounter in medical examiner offices, international realms, government laboratories and field situations. 3 cr
  • GMS FA 805: Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 701 Crime Scene Investigation
    This hands-on and lecture-based course will provide students with methods and underlying theories related to specialized aspects of crime scene processing. Topics will include techniques and principles utilized in search and recovery of human remains. Forensic entomology, mechanisms of human decomposition, use of ground penetrating radar, soil composition, excavation, telltale disturbances in flora and the presence of animal activity will be examined. A semester-long practical exercise will include the search and recovery of mock remains and the reconstruction of events. 2 cr
  • GMS FA 806: Advanced Human Osteology
    This course builds on the topics covered in GMS FA 712 Human Osteology by exploring human osteology in greater depth and will include lectures and extensive experience with radiographical material. 4 cr
  • GMS FA 807: Taphonomy
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will provide students with an advanced basis for vertebrate taphonomy, both with specific focus upon forensic settings but also with a broader understanding of taphonomic processes covering archaeology, paleoecology, and zooarchaeology. 3 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 810: Mortuary Archaeology
    This course will provide students with an advanced theoretical basis for cross-cultural comparison of mortuary behavior and its archaeological interpretation. The topics will cover the history of archaeological though in this topics, processual and post-processual theoretical frameworks, the prehistory of burial, regional archaeological studies, modern Western burial practices and symbolism, gender and class difference, trophy taking, cannibalism, beliefs in undead and how they affect mortuary practices, military memorialization and warfare, ethical issues involved in the analysis of cemeteries and human remains, repatriation, and modern homicide investigation of serial killings and body movement. 3 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS FA 812: Forensic Entomo