FSA109 – 40.00 Hours
|04/22/24 – 04/26/24
|San Marcos, TX
|LS FSA109 15
This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (800) 423-8433 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.
Clandestine burial sites and scattered human remains pose serious issues for criminal investigators. This course is designed for those responsible for death investigations, including cold case death investigations dealing with skeletal remains. Participants will be introduced to the field of forensic anthropology and receive instruction in the recovery and analysis of human remains. Participants will have the unique opportunity to excavate a cadaver while at the body farm at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and field application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Skeletal Death Investigation Course #40060.
- “Excellent class for law enforcement personnel tasked with criminal investigations.“
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Participants enrolling in this course must meet one of the following employment statuses. Please ensure the affiliation on your student account reflects one of the following:
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative agency
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting forensic examinations
Course Completion Requirements
Participant Must Provide
- A photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.
- Laptop or tablet
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
Participants in a TCOLE credit course must complete the class in its entirety to receive TCOLE credit.
Participant May Bring
- DSLR camera
- Electronic flash
- Participants will be conducting field exercises, including excavation of a human cadaver, throughout the week. Dress appropriately with gear for outdoor field work in various types of weather conditions.
- Comfortable closed toe footwear
- Sun protection
- Insect repellent
Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
- Basics of forensic anthropology
- Biological profile
- Decomposition and taphonomy
- Human osteology
- Photography and mapping
- Recovery of scattered surface and buried remains
- Site identification
- Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene investigators, detectives, medicolegal death investigators, patrol officers, corrections officers and forensic nurses
Continuing Education And Professional Credits
Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.
- 20.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)
- 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
- 3.00 hours – American Council on Education (ACE)
- 40.00 hours – Nebraska State Patrol
- Participants will be working with human cadavers
Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: [email protected]