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Identification of Soils and Minerals

Class Code: 
M206

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38-hour) course will provide the students with advanced microscopy techniques used in the identification of soils and minerals. Students will be given reading assignments prior to the beginning of class. Subjects to be covered are Optical Properties of Minerals, Birefringence, Compensation methods, Conoscopic methods, and experiments with the properties of different minerals This course is intended for criminalists involved in microscopy and trace evidence work. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video demonstrations, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent. The student is expected to be familiar with Microscope Alignment, Kohler Illumination and Polarizing techniques.
Preparation: 
A pre-reading package will be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Schedule of Classes:


No classes are scheduled at this time.

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