Forensic science

Forensic Biotechnology

The forensic biotechnology program will provide students with the biotechnology and forensic skills necessary to work in a federal, state, local, or private criminal investigation laboratory. It also prepares students for various graduate school opportunities. Students will be able to find careers in research science, medical sales, and scientific editing/journal writing, as well as technical careers in scientific laboratories, universities, and research institutions.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D

Interim Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Edward Draper, Ph.D.; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS; Michael Kiederling, Ph.D.; Ronald Kozlowski, M.S.

Mission Statement

The forensic biotechnology program will provide students with the biotechnology and forensic skills necessary to work in a federal, state, local, or private criminal investigation laboratory. Forensic biotechnology students take a set of courses that provide a background in sample preparation, handling, and analysis of samples commonly encounter at crime scenes. Furthermore, this program is also designed for students who are interested in graduate studies in forensic sciences.

This program builds on a solid foundation of biology and chemistry, and it provides additional training in forensic DNA analysis. In addition, students learn how to evaluate mock crime scenes and how to document, collect, analyze an evidence sample and prepare to present it to the attorneys/jury.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 333
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton
Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile
Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Interim Department Chair of Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper
Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone
Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling
Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Program Outcome Objectives

  1. Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
    • Students will demonstrate substantial and up to date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biology, chemistry, DNA analysis, instrumentation theory, analysis and use.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.
  2. Investigation/Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
    • Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in forensic laboratories.
    • Students can design, carry out, and interpret crime scene scenarios that generate new knowledge that can be used to solve crime scenes and scientific situations.
  3. Specific Expertise:
    • Students can articulate the significance of their findings in both historical and forward-looking contexts.
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their selected scientific forensic field (DNA analysis, hair analysis, drug testing, etc.).
  4. Communication:
    • Students will demonstrate the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens.
  5. Ethics and Advocacy:
    • Students will apply highest standards of ethics to their studies (data management, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
    • Students will improve their confidence and interactions with colleagues and the public.
    • Students will be able to advocate for the role of forensic science
  6. Career Preparation:
    • Students can articulate an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and are aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths


We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Crime scene investigation lab
  • Federal lab
  • State or local police crime lab
  • Work as a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • Work as a scientific editor/journalist.
  • Prepare for application to graduate school.
  • Become a biochemist or biomedical engineer.
  • Become a clinical research associate.
  • Become a quality control analyst
  • Become a senior research scientist.

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Program Details

B.S. in Forensic Biotechnology (126 credit hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  1. 45 credit hours in General Education
    Students in the Forensic Biotechnology Program must choose the following General Education options:

    • MATH 171, Principles of Statistics as the required Math choice
    • MATH 104, College Algebra
    • BIOL 115, Cell and Evolution, as the required Science choice
    • PHIL 200, Great Philosophical Ideas, as the required Humanities choice
    • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology, and
    • SOCL 210, General Sociology, as the required Social Science choices

  2. 45 credit hours in Mid-Level Requirements

    • BIOL 215 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
    • BIOL 205 Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 205L Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 230 Microbiology (3 credits)
    • BIOL 230L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 300L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 305L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
    • BIOL 372 Biomedical Health Research Literacy I (3 credits)
    • BIOL 373 Biomedical Health Research Literacy II (3 credits)
    • CHEM 205 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 205L General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • MATH 230 Calculus I (4 credits)
    • FRSC 200 Introduction to Forensics Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 200L Introduction to Forensics Lab (1 credit)
    • CRIJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
    • CRIJ 311 Criminal Procedures (3 credits)
    • CRIJ 330 Scientific Criminal Investigation (3 credits)

  3. 36 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements

    • BIOL 315 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lecture (3 credits)
    • BIOL 315L Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 credit)
    • CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 430 Instrumental Analysis Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 430L Instrumental Analysis Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 445 Physical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    • CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    • CHEM 446L Physical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 300 Forensic Biology Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 300L Forensic Biology Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 302 Chemical Forensics Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 302L Chemical Forensics Lab (1 credit)
    • FRSC 400 Forensic Molecular Biology Lecture (3 credits)
    • FRSC 400L Forensic Molecular Biology Lab (1 credit)

Department Courses

To see the list of courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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