At the present time, the Southern Institute teaches courses in Missouri, Texas, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. The Southern Institute of Forensic Science welcomes inquiries from Law Enforcement, Colleges and Universities in the South that are interested in providing SIFS courses at their institutions.
All of the SIFS courses are designed to support three hours of college credit. Some of the courses provided through Missouri Western State University can be taken for three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. The SIFS courses offered at Missouri Western can also be taken for non-credit and for continuing education credits.
The price is determined by the sponsoring institution. At the present time, Missouri Western charges about $700+ for undergraduate courses, $800+ for graduate courses, $499+ for non-credit courses.
Workshop prices are determined by the length of the workshop and the number of enrollments anticipated. Two and three day workshops are usually $250-$600+ A week long workshop registration fee is $500-$1000+
The courses provided by SIFS are intensive one week courses. The course meets from 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday) and from 8am-12pm on Saturday.
If you are taking the course for credit, you will be evaluate by three major tests. A pre-course test is given at the beginning of each course. This test is taken from reading material that the student is assigned, and it is given in the morning of the first day of class. A mid-course exam, usually given on Thursday morning and a final exam, given on Saturday, are also required. In addition to the three major tests, students take daily quizzes. No exams or quizzes are required if the courses are taken for non-credit.
Some courses have a limited enrollment of thirty students or less. These are courses that have intense laboratory requirements such as forensic anthropology or forensic entomology. This assures that each student has access to the instructors and the material studied. Other courses (Basic Forensic Pathology for Law Enforcement and Death Investigators) are limited by the lecture room provided. The enrollments in these classes are usually limited to thirty or less students.
The minimal enrollment is usually set at twenty students. This number depends on the limitations set by the sponsoring institution.