Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology

Forensic science is the study of the application of science to law in a service to society. It concerns broad applications of the fields of physics, biology, anatomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering and others. Forensic science plays a vital role in the administration of law and justice through new technologies and innovations regarding the principles of evidence identification, collection, and scientific analysis. Requiring 18 hours to complete the minor, our program currently offers approximately 45 hours of required and elective undergraduate courses consisting of lectures, labs, independent studies, and hands-on techniques. These courses were developed to expose students to the techniques, knowledge, and experiences that will allow them to succeed in graduate school and in the forensic field. Furthermore, these courses introduce students to the types of forensic investigations conducted by the Texas Rangers, Sheriff’s Departments, Police Departments, Federal Agencies and Crime Laboratories. Among the courses offered are: Survey of Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Trace Evidence, Impression Evidence, Expert Witness Testimony, White Collar Crime, Forensic Firearms Examination, Medicolegal Death Investigation, Advanced Forensic Investigations, Independent Topics in Forensic Science, Honors Thesis, and Honors Advanced Readings and Research.

What does a Ranger do after they retire? For Sergeant Jim Huggins, retirement meant he could start a second career and build a legacy in forensics. Join Jim and his partner, Dr. Lori E. Baker, as they describe how a dedication to higher learning helped create one of the Nation's premier forensic programs. (Run time 9 minutes 20 seconds) This video was made possible by the Texas Rangers Association Foundation.

Dr. Lori Baker in front of a skeletal find

Dr. Lori Baker, Professor of Anthropology and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Dr. Lori Baker on the United States Border
Dr. Lori Baker near U.S. Mexican border

Remains from a field site
Remains from field site
Senior Lecturer James Huggins working on a specimen with a student
Mr. James Huggins, Senior Lecturer

Students clear a dig site in a hole in eart, revealing a pair of skeletons
Baylor Forensic Field School

Retired Texas Ranger, James Huggins, digging in a hole
Mr. James Huggins, Retired Texas Ranger

A student studies a blood spray pattern on a table
Blood Stain Pattern Analysis

A shoe imprint is studied for consistency and matching
Impression Evidence