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FSCT 8140 - Forensic Entomology

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

Forensic entomology is the study of insects associated with a human corpse, usually a homicide victim, to determine elapsed time since death. It can also be used to determine whether the body has been moved, disturbed after death, used drugs prior to death, etc. It is the most accurate and frequently the only method of determining elapsed time since death after 72 hours. The course provides the students with an overall understanding of entomology and its applications to criminal investigations, collecting insect evidence at a crime scene in a manner defensible in court, and the value of insect evidence and the results which can be expected from an entomologist.


Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the application of entomology to criminal investigations
  • Identify insect groups (especially carrion groups) and insect rearing cycles
  • Demonstrate proper handling, collection and preservation of insect evidence at crime scenes
  • Explain scientific principles behind the use of insects in homicide investigations
  • Identify where an when forensic entomology is important, and show the limitations of the technique and how they can be overcome
  • Describe the effects of habitat on insect evidence

Effective as of Fall 2007

Related Programs

FSCT 8140 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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