MS Biotechnology - Track 2: Forensic Science

The Graduate Division of the FHS offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. The main areas of instruction are in Biotechnology, Bio-analytical Toxicology and Optics and Optometry. The Biotechnology program has two tracks: DNA Technologies and Forensic Science. Offered courses include basic biology and chemistry to advanced clinical molecular genetics band Forensics.

The Ministry of Higher Education authorized the American University of Science and Technology to establish the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) in accordance with the file presented to the Council of Higher Education as per decree number 677 dated August 30, 2007. This was later followed by the permit to start teaching in the majors of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Optics and Optometry (OAO).

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (36 credits)
CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 522 Cell & Molecular Biology NONE
3
CLS 524 Current Genetic Analysis NONE
3
CLS 574 Pharmacology for Applied Toxicology NONE
3
CLS 576 Medicinal Chemistry for Applied Toxicology NONE
3
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 598 Master's Thesis II Approval of Advisor
3
CLS 599 Master's Thesis Approval of Advisor
6
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CLS 565 Biostatistics and Epidemiology NONE
3
CLS 570 Bioorganic Chemistry NONE
3
CLS 572 Tools in Analytical Chemistry NONE
3
CLS 577 Trace Analysis in Forensic Science CLS 572
3
CLS532L Basic Molecular Biology Tools CLS 522
3
CLS538L Modern Molecular Biology Applications CLS 524 & CLS534L
3
CLS582L Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology Lab. I CLS 572 & CLS 574 & CLS 576
3
Course Descriptions
CLS 522
Cell & Molecular Biology
This course will cover selected topics in the organization and regulation of the eukaryotic cell with an emphasis on cell structure and function, transcription regulation, RNA processing, nuclear transport, cell cycle control, as well as recombinant DNA methods and tools.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 524
Current Genetic Analysis
This course deals with fundamental and advanced concepts in the field of genetics. It emphasizes mainly genes and genomes, gene inheritance, genes and chromosome mutations, control of development as well as population and evolutionary genetics.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 574
Pharmacology for Applied Toxicology
This is a condensed overview of Pharmacology. The aim of this course is to supply the students with essential knowledge that every health-science student should have in Pharmacology such as making decisions regarding the biologically active substances they will encounter in the future. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental basics of drug action to provide a broad understanding of the different kinds of drugs and their mode of action.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 576
Medicinal Chemistry for Applied Toxicology
This is a condensed overview of medicinal chemistry and its application. There will be emphasis on major action, side effects, toxic symptoms and linkage to chemical configuration of the drug molecule. Altering chemical properties and functional groups are key points in the pharmaceutical industry in making drugs with better availability, absorption and duration of action. This course will parallel the CLS 574 pharmacology course throughout the semester when appropriate and hence drugs will be discussed by their action at a particular physiological system in both courses at the same time to maximize understanding of the material.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 598
Master's Thesis II
Each graduate student is required to submit, under the supervision of a faculty member, a research proposal in a grant application form following NIH guidelines in related field of study. Students will present and defend their proposals.
Prerequisite: Approval of Advisor
CLS 599
Master's Thesis
Students conduct laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty member in the faculty of Health Sciences in a selected area. Students should submit a written report and present and defend their projects.
Prerequisite: Approval of Advisor
CLS 565
Biostatistics and Epidemiology

This is advanced course in the applications of biostatistics and epidemiology into research projects. The goal is to present latest research statistical methodology useful in analyzing biomedical data. The course covers both theory and applications in the form of problem solving and applications on current research projects in Biotechnology and Bio-analytical toxicology.

Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 570
Bioorganic Chemistry
This is an advanced course designed to provide biochemical principles and applications pertinent to cell function and membrane structure. Research-related biochemical methodologies of macromolecules identification and analysis will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 572
Tools in Analytical Chemistry
This course covers the principles of different analytical machines: Mass Spectrometry, Gas and Liquid Chromatography, UV Visible, AAS and FTIR equipment.
Prerequisite: NONE
CLS 577
Trace Analysis in Forensic Science

This course describes the tangible traces left in crime scenes or found on suspects and explores the analytical and physical comparative analyses used to study these traces. Students will have theoretical as well as hands-on experience through practical cases that simulate real physical traces such as fingerprints, footprints, biological material, narcotics, explosive residue and gunshot residue.

Prerequisite: CLS 572
CLS532L
Basic Molecular Biology Tools
This course is a comprehensive overview of key techniques in molecular biology related to DNA, RNA and proteins. The course covers the techniques of DNA, RNA and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR, restriction digestion, RT-PCR and protein SDS-PAGE.
Prerequisite: CLS 522
CLS538L
Modern Molecular Biology Applications
This course is designed to familiarize students with mastering skills in modern techniques in molecular biology including quantitative real-time PCR, mitochondrial DNA extraction and sequencing and STR amplification and detection. These are conventional techniques used DNA quantitation, diagnostic molecular biology, nucleic acid typing, forensic DNA profiling and paternity testing.
Prerequisite: CLS 524 & CLS534L
CLS582L
Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology Lab. I
Application of chemistry in the identification of evidence. 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: CLS 572 & CLS 574 & CLS 576

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