BS in Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a fast-moving field and today many institutions are demanding specialists in this field more than ever before. AUST has been helping during the last decade in solving several criminal and human identification affairs. Moreover, advanced graduate programs are scarce in Lebanon and the Arab countries. AUST has decided to fill this gap by offering this program.


CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 000
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200 OR ENG 100
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
HMS 301 Western Civilization ENG 201
FREE ELECTIVES (6 credits)
To be selected from the following courses
ENG 200 Writing Skills ENG 001
MAT200X College Algebra PLACEMENT
SOS 233 Basic Psychology I ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
SOS 260 Introduction to Criminology NONE
SOS 270 Introduction to Law NONE
SOS 280 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice ENG 200
SOS 333 The Criminal Mind NONE
BIO 210 Cells & Molecules ENG 001
BIO 213 Introduction To Physiology ENG 001
BIO 320 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (ENG 001 & MAT200X) OR (ENG 001 & MAT 105)
CHE 205 Chemical Principles & Analysis ENG 001
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I CHE 205
CHE 220 Introduction To Biochemistry CHE 210
CLS 495 Instrumental Chemistry CHE 205
PHY 231 Selected Topics In Physics MAT200X OR PLACEMENT
BIO210L Cells & Molecules Laboratory Co. BIO 210
BIO213L Introduction To Physiology Laboratory BIO 213
CHE205L Chemical Analysis Laboratory Co. CHE 205
CHE205P Chemical Principles and Analysis Problem Solving Co. CHE 205
CHE210L Organic Chemistry Lab Co. CHE 210
CLS495L Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory Co. CHE 495
CLS 210 Laboratory Safety & First Aid ENG 001
CLS 212 Fundamentals Of Lab Analysis ENG 001
CLS 320 Molecular Genetics BIO 210
CLS 493 Introduction To Pharmacology BIO 213 & CHE 220
CLS 497 Toxicology BIO 213 & CHE 320
CLS320L Molecular Genetics Laboratory Co. CLS 320
FST 310 Forensic Science NONE
FST 370 Crime and Security of Information Technologies CSI 200
FST 380 Introduction to Biometrics NONE
FST 420 The Judicial Process ENG 200
FST 430 Crime Scene Management and Investigation ENG 200
FST 442 Principles and Applications of Trace Analysis FST 310 & CLS 320 & CHE 220
FST 460 Forensic Medicine BIO 213
FST 470 Human Identification Senior Standing
FST 480 Special Topics in Forensic Science I Senior Standing
FST330L Forensic Imaging Laboratory NONE
FST 499 Practicum Senior Standing
To be selected from the following courses
BIO 325 Genetics: A Molecular Approach BIO 210
CLS 380 Nutrition in the Life Cycle NFS 201
CLS 420 Advanced Molecular Cell Biology CLS 320
CLS 494 Chromatography CHE 220
CLS 496 Recombinant DNA CLS 320
CLS 498 Web Based Bioinformatics CLS 320 & CHE 220
FST 385 Principles and Applications of Biometrics NONE
FST 390 Forensic Linguistics ENG 201
FST 450 Investigative Methods in Criminology ENG 200
FST 455 Forensic Entomology NONE
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200 OR ENG 100
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
HMS 301
Western Civilization
This course consists of readings and discussion of the classic great books of Western Civilization, focusing on literary, philosophical, and historical works from ancient Greece and Rome. Readings will be selected from authors such as Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, Plutarch, Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Epicurus, Cicero, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, and Augustine.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
College Algebra
This is a remedial math course for graphics design students and/or students whose entrance exams indicate the need for a refresher math course. The course content includes solving linear equations, solving quadratic equations, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, and an introduction to logarithms and exponentials.
Prerequisite: PLACEMENT
SOS 233
Basic Psychology I
This course is designed to introduce students to the various fields of psychology and to diverse theories and psychological schools with attention to their experimental foundations. It focuses on the biological and developmental processes, consciousness and perception, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, stress, psychopathology, therapy and social behavior.
Prerequisite: ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
SOS 260
Introduction to Criminology
This course expose the student to a range of theories offering explanations of the causes of crime, the crime prevention approaches, the social impact and reaction to crimes, the legal sanctions, and the penitentiary environments.
Prerequisite: NONE
SOS 270
Introduction to Law
This course introduces the study of law and legal skills. The course starts by defining the mechanisms by which rules and laws develop then it introduces the concepts of legal and unlawful conducts and states of mind as well as the concepts of rights and justice.
Prerequisite: NONE
SOS 280
Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
This course discusses the definition of crimes, criminals and victims at both the social and the criminal law levels. The course also tackles the methods of crime measurement and analysis.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
SOS 333
The Criminal Mind
This course covers psychological theories and modern methods used in the processes of interrogation, audition and interview used in the judicial context. Emphasis will be placed on the variations and adaptation of the used methodology according to the age and gender of the target individual. The course will also challenge the concepts of "responsible" mind and "criminal" mind and describes the criminality across the years and its definition relatively to place, time and law.
Prerequisite: NONE
BIO 210
Cells & Molecules
This course deals with cells and their molecules. Its main goal is to provide knowledge on the basics of the cell structure and function, with emphasis on the evolution and chemistry of the cell, membranes, organelles and cytoskeleton, cell signaling and regulation, and the flow of genetic information.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 213
Introduction To Physiology
This is an introductory course to Medical Physiology. Its objective is to offer to the student a general introduction into the basic aspects of physiology. The material covered in the course can be used as stand-alone, or to lead on to more detailed studies of physiology. The course will take a largely systemic approach to the study of the human body. Emphasis is on the function, regulation and integration of organs and organ systems of higher animals emphasizing human physiology.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
BIO 320
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
This is an introductory course in the basics of biostatistics and epidemiology. Type sand sources of data in measuring population health, data analysis and descriptive epidemiology will be included. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and laboratory sessions.
Prerequisite: (ENG 001 & MAT200X) OR (ENG 001 & MAT 105)
CHE 205
Chemical Principles & Analysis
This course provides an overview of analytical techniques in chemistry including aqueous solution chemistry, activities and activity coefficients, equilibrium calculations, complex acid-base systems, voltametry, gravimetric and electrogravimetric analyses, titrimetric analyses, colorimetric methods and separation methods.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
This is an introductory course to organic chemistry. It offers an introduction to common classes of organic compounds including their nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactivity and spectroscopic characterization.
Prerequisite: CHE 205
CHE 220
Introduction To Biochemistry
An introductory course in biochemistry. Its objective is to offer to the student a firsthand description of the principles and practices of biochemistry. Students will be exposed to the basic structures of major classes of biologically important molecules and metabolic activities of major importance in living organisms.
Prerequisite: CHE 210
CLS 495
Instrumental Chemistry
At the end of this course, the student should have an extensive understanding of the fundamentals of physical chemistry of chromatography and the most advanced instrumental chemistry techniques such as electrophoresis separation techniques, GC, HPLC, GC-MS and HPLC-MS as qualitative and quantitative tools for chemistry, environmental, toxicology and forensic analysis. The student will also acquire vast knowledge of atomic and molecular spectroscopy and the application of atomic absorption for trace and heavy metals analysis.
Prerequisite: CHE 205
PHY 231
Selected Topics In Physics
Covers different courses of Physics as need and opportunity arise. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: MAT200X OR PLACEMENT
Cells & Molecules Laboratory
This is a laboratory course that deals with a selection of common techniques used in cell and molecular biology. This course should provide hands-on practical applications for topics discussed in the BIO 210 course in and experimental approach.
Prerequisite: Co. BIO 210
Introduction To Physiology Laboratory
This course consists of a set of exercises accompanied by experiments, models and computer simulations designed to provide students with a better understanding of the structure and function of the human body.
Prerequisite: BIO 213
Chemical Analysis Laboratory
A laboratory course to teach students several common chemistry techniques. Emphasis is placed on experimental topics related to topics discussed in CHE 205.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 205
Chemical Principles and Analysis Problem Solving
These are supplementary problem solving sessions to accompany the CHE 205 course.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 205
Organic Chemistry Lab
A laboratory course which deals with a selection of common basic organic chemistry techniques.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 210
Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory
Application of chemistry to the analysis and identification of traces. It includes collection, preservation, examination and study of blood, semen and other body fluids, gunpowder and explosives, hair and textile fibers, chemical aspects of document examinations, problems of glass fragments and glass fractures, paints, as applied to crime investigation, study of nature, physiological action, chemical and physical properties, dosage treatment and detection of poisons.
Prerequisite: Co. CHE 495
CLS 210
Laboratory Safety & First Aid
The very nature of the Clinical Laboratory Science profession requires students to come in contact with potential hazardous materials or situations and to face accidents or injuries. The objective of this course is to expose the students to laboratory safety and standards of good laboratory practice including handling and processing of chemicals and biological material. The main emphasis will be placed on laboratory risks, first-aid and remedial measures.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
CLS 212
Fundamentals Of Lab Analysis
This is a "multidisciplinary course" tangling basic issues in multiple clinical and non-clinical laboratories. Students will acquire basic knowledge about scientific communication and presentation skills, scientific resources, chemical, biological and instrumental concepts, quality assurance, laboratory mathematics, safety, health care systems, regulatory issues, clinical laboratory divisions, laboratory management and health care systems.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
CLS 320
Molecular Genetics
This is a comprehensive introduction to molecular genetics. This course combines both genetics, which is the science of heredity, and recombinant DNA technology. It deals with the structure of DNA that allows genetic information to be stored and expressed chemically within cells. This course emphasizes on the main aspects of gene transcription, and protein translation, as well as chromosomal aberrations and related diseases.
Prerequisite: BIO 210
CLS 493
Introduction To Pharmacology
CLS 493 is a condensed overview of Pharmacology. The aim of this course is to supply the students with essential knowledge that every health student should have in Pharmacology. The course should assist students in making decisions regarding the biologically active substances they will encounter in the future. Emphasis will be made on the fundamental basics of drug action to provide a broad understanding of the different kinds of drugs and their mode of action.
Prerequisite: BIO 213 & CHE 220
CLS 497
This course is designed to introduce students to the broad discipline of toxicology. Basic principles of toxicology and their applications to the understanding of xenobiotic-induced target organ toxicology will be presented in this course. Lecture topics on basic principles relating to toxicant exposure routes; dose-response relationships in toxicity; absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of toxicants; and chemical carcinogenesis & mutagenesis will provide a foundation on which the remainder of the course will be built. The course reflects on the interactions between toxicants and biological systems from a basic science approach.
Prerequisite: BIO 213 & CHE 320
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
This course provides a survey of modern techniques in molecular genetics. Students will acquire a thorough grounding in principles of DNA, RNA and protein analysis and learn many techniques current in molecular biology.
Prerequisite: Co. CLS 320
FST 310
Forensic Science
This course aims to give students an understanding of forensic science. It places emphasis on the role of the trace material as a clue in criminal investigations. The importance of critically evaluating the information content and the means by which they were obtained in the process of criminal cases is also discussed. Students are introduced to a range of trace types, to the scientific methodology applied to the collection, analysis and interpretation of these traces and to the analytical methods that are used in relation to case studies.
Prerequisite: NONE
FST 370
Crime and Security of Information Technologies
This course covers the traces produced by communications tools, networks and software. It describes the methods of screening, analysis and storage of novel material and logical traces produced by political, commercial and economical activities.
Prerequisite: CSI 200
FST 380
Introduction to Biometrics
This course aims at introducing Biometrics, automated method of establishing identity by utilizing the physical (e.g., fingerprint, face, iris) and/or behavioral (e.g., gait, signature) traits of an individual. The course includes discussion of several of these traits and the related techniques used to represent an individual. Topics related to multimodal biometrics, performance evaluation, securing biometric templates and privacy will also be presented. In specific, this course aims introduce students to the design and working of a generic biometric system, the features used to represent and match individual biometric traits, the performance metrics used to evaluate a biometric system and the socio-legal implications of biometrics.
Prerequisite: NONE
FST 420
The Judicial Process
This course introduces the student to the proper nature of the judicial role and the functioning of the judicial process in trial courts. Attention is paid to the adjudicatory, administrative, educational, sentencing, and symbolic roles that judges play and to judicial accountability and judicial ethics which impact trial judges in courts. The course covers in parallel the processes used in Lebanon and in a selection of international laws.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
FST 430
Crime Scene Management and Investigation
This course reflects the importance of the protection and management of the crime scene for potential and efficient use of traces in the process of a crime case. The criminal route in to and out of the crime scene as well the crime theatre are scrutinized in order to recognize, recover, record, maintain the integrity and preserve pertinent traces for laboratory testing. Students will have hands-on experience in facilities and settings that simulate real forensic environments. Prerequisite: FST 310
Prerequisite: ENG 200
FST 442
Principles and Applications of Trace Analysis
This course provides students with an overview about types of trace materials that could be transferred during the commission of a violent crime due to physical contact between a suspect and a victim. These trace materials includes biological and chemical traces such as hair, fibers, , glass, fingerprint, blood, saliva, drugs, explosive and gunshot residues.The comparison and identification of these materials will help associating a suspect to a scene. It will explore the analytical and physical comparative analyses used to study traces. Students will have hands-on experience through practical cases that simulate real physical traces such as biological material, narcotics, explosive residue and gunshot residue.
Prerequisite: FST 310 & CLS 320 & CHE 220
FST 460
Forensic Medicine
The course covers the methods used in forensic medicine including identification, post mortem changes, time of death, modes and causes of death and disposal of the dead. Emphasis is placed on the injuries of forensic significance and their efficient use in the process of a crime case.
Prerequisite: BIO 213
FST 470
Human Identification
This course covers a large spectrum of techniques used for human identification starting with the historical Bertillon anthropometry and ending with the recent biometrical methodologies. An emphasis will also be placed on the detection, analysis and identification of digital traces.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
FST 480
Special Topics in Forensic Science I
Designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of various forensics processes. It explores advanced topics on the specificities of the forensics subject offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
Forensic Imaging Laboratory
This course introduces the student to the practice of digital photography for forensic and crime scene applications. Students will gain theoretical and practical applications of digital photography to preserve and enhance forensic traces. The course includes image development, optical and digital enhancement techniques that provide non-destructive enhancement of traces and the detection of photographic forgeries.
Prerequisite: NONE
FST 499
Twelve weeks of supervised experience in selected areas, including: collection and processing of crime scene traces, forensic toxicology, DNA technology, forensic medicine, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, forensic geology, pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction, reporting and fundamental statistics and presentation to a legal and scientific audience.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
BIO 325
Genetics: A Molecular Approach
This is an introductory course to genetics that deals with the subject matter from a molecular emphasis and addresses recombinant DNA technology. The course covers Mendelian genetics, DNA replication, gene transcription, protein translation, chromosomal aberrations, and DNA biotechnology.
Prerequisite: BIO 210
CLS 380
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
Concept, nature and classification of functional foods. Spectrum of biological activity. Positive and negative impacts on health, and regulatory aspects.
Prerequisite: NFS 201
CLS 420
Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
The aim of this course is to further interest the student in a wide range of cell biology topics and to promote acquaintance with recent advances and research techniques in a selected area of concentration. This course will consider the most recent literature in the fields of molecular genetics and molecular biology of development. Topics will be drawn from the genetics of model organisms and humans, the organization and interaction of subcellular complexes, signal transduction, genetic diseases, protein translocation and quality control.
Prerequisite: CLS 320
CLS 494
This course provides an introduction to chromatography beginning with the use of non-instrumental chromatographic and electrophoretic techniques for the separation of components in a mixture, progressing to instrumental chromatography (Gas Chromatography and High Performance Liquid Chromatography).
Prerequisite: CHE 220
CLS 496
Recombinant DNA
This course covers modern topics in molecular genetics, beginning with classic experiments involving bacteria and bacteriophage, progressing to the current focus on DNA engineering and mapping human disease.
Prerequisite: CLS 320
CLS 498
Web Based Bioinformatics
By the end of this course students should be familiar with a number of biological databases. They should be able to search existing databases for a certain DNA or protein sequence, compare that sequence to other sequences for homology studies. Moreover, students would resolve the three dimensional structure of proteins employing the available specialized software.
Prerequisite: CLS 320 & CHE 220
FST 385
Principles and Applications of Biometrics
Prerequisite: NONE
FST 390
Forensic Linguistics
This course reviews specific aspects of language which serve to identify, distinguish and connect their textual and oral sources and authors. Students are taught the features of generic spoken and written text-types found in various legal and police contexts, and a variety of linguistic techniques appropriate to analysing them. Forensic linguistics topics surveyed include generic discourse features of official documents relating to civil and criminal proceedings including oral texts such as police and witness statements, the morpho-syntactic and pragmatic analysis of written language used for linguistic profiling of individuals, and lexicogrammatical analysis for determining authorship. The course will also introduce phonological analysis for speaker identification, the determination of trustworthy versus evasive responses to determine witness stance and reliability, and the corpus-linguistic analysis of oral interviews, testimony and cross-examinations. Case studies such as the conviction of the Unabomber, the authorship of Primary Colors, and the outing of J.K. Rowlings as Robert Galbraith, will be used to explore the diverse social contexts in which forensic stylistics are used. Students will be introduced to the use of two software programs, WordSmith and CorpusTool, in analysing linguistic elements of significance in forensic contexts, such as collocations, n-grams, keywords, word frequencies, sentiment analysis, idiolects, and dialect analysis. Related issues considered will include the ethics of expert and inexpert testimony, the presentation of linguistic evidence, legal interpreting for non-native or disadvantaged witnesses, and questions and problems in the reliability of forensic linguistic methods.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
FST 450
Investigative Methods in Criminology
This course describes the procedures used to define, manage and analyze the data used to construct models of criminal phenomena. The course also describes the use of these models to build operational keys adapted to solve different crimes.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
FST 455
Forensic Entomology
The Science of Forensic Entomology builds a foundation of biological and entomological knowledge that equips the student to be able to understand and resolve questions concerning the presence of specific insects at a crime scene, in which the answers require deductive reasoning, seasoned observation, reconstruction and experimentation?features required of all disciplines that have hypothesis testing at its core.  Each chapter addresses topics that delve into the underlying biological principles and concepts relevant to the insect biology that forms the bases for using insects in matters of legal importance.
Prerequisite: NONE

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