Scotland: Here and There - Comparative Forensic Science in the US and UK



Program Description 

This program is for you if:

a) you are interested in forensic science and crime scene investigation,

b) you love cobblestone streets, especially if they lead to a castle or a pub, and

c) you are not afraid of ghosts.

Join us for two weeks at the University of Strathclyde’s Forensic Science Centre in the Scottish city of Glasgow for a course on comparative forensic science. This course satisfies the international experience requirement of CHHS and is ideally suited to Forensic Science majors and minors, but is open to anyone and everyone up for adventure and who meets the pre-requisite.

You will learn from Scottish experts, professors, and scientists about crime scene and forensic science practices, methods, and challenges in the UK; experience Glasgow’s high court; visit the police museum and a local crime lab; and participate in numerous social and cultural activities such as visits to the Necropolis, Edinburgh Castle, a ghost tour on the Royal Mile, the Glasgow School of Art, many Scottish pubs, the Clydeside Distillery, and more!

You might want to brush up on your Scottish before we go…. Until then, lang may yer lum reek!

Course Options

FS 160 Special Topics in Forensic Science (3 units) 

Range of topics in Forensic Science which will vary by semester. Topics may include Blood Spatter Analysis, Microscopy and Trace Evidence, Forensic Art, Facial Reconstruction, and others. Repeatable for up to 9 units credit when content changes.

Prerequisites: JS 10 or FS 11 or Instructor Permission. Justice Studies or Forensic Science major; Forensic Studies minor.

This survey course introduces students to the profession of forensic science. Topics include the field's history and sub-disciplines, the CSI Effect, the application of the scientific method to physical evidence analysis. Virtual labs may be used to augment readings.


JS 180 Individual Studies (1 unit) 

Individual work on special topics by arrangement. Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Not available to Open University Students.




Program Leader: Mary Juno

Mary Juno has been with the Justice Studies Department/Forensic Science program at SJSU since 2006. She has developed many courses in the FS program and is currently the Forensic Studies Minor Coordinator, a Forensic Science Major Advisor, Faculty Co-Advisor for Forensic Science Students, and Faculty Advisor for Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science, which is published annually. Juno worked at the Oakland Police Department from 2000-08, where she processed hundreds of major crime scenes. She received her BA in Biological Anthropology from SFSU, and her MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland! She studied there in 2003-04 and has been angling to get back ever since. Juno has traveled far and wide but calls San Francisco home. She spends much of her free time hiking and kayaking – usually to a pub.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$3,515 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$4,465  Total Program Cost**


* Airfare is not included.

** If you are taking the 1 unit FS160 course, subtract $500 in Tuition ($3965 total program cost)  


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