An examination of the theoretical approaches to and practical applications of molecular analyses of forensic and historic specimens. The course will integrate basic concepts of skeletal biology, genetics (including population genetics), molecular biology, and basic organic chemistry. Extensive use of the primary literature will be employed and students will design an original research project. Two two-hour meetings per week. Laboratory exercises will focus primarily on DNA profiling of vertebrate skeletal remains. Prerequisites: Genetics (either BIOL-225 or BIOL-325) and CHEM-160.