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.
For details on the course materials required, please check: . For departmental approval, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant, at [email protected]. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: iizuna.info/cas/Forensics .
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
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