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Forensic Botany

This course builds upon the basic botanical training covered in previous courses. Students will receive instruction in the application of plant anatomy, morphology, family characteristics, soils, and environment in the context of forensic analysis. Students will develop skills in the recognition of plant material, its documentation, collection, and preservation at crime scenes. Additionally, this course covers in detail the analytical techniques utilized to forensically compare scene samples with known reference specimens. The preparation of a forensic botany report by each student will act to coalesce the material covered in this capstone course. PREREQ: BIOL 1507, BIOL 2356, FORS 2106, and FORS 2107. (lec 3, lab 3) cr 3. Lecture (3.00).

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