FSA102 – 40.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, this course can be scheduled to meet your specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at (800) 423-8433 or ilepse@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Forensic Entomology PictureForensic evidence of a crime scene can include the collection and preservation of entomological evidence resulting from the insect colonization of victims. Participants will learn to apply principles of forensic entomology to questions concerning victim transport, toxicology, and approximate time of death. Course instruction is through lecture, laboratory exercises, and field application.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Entomology Course #40061.


Participants enrolling in this course must meet one of the following employment statuses:

  • Licensed or certified peace officer with a current
    commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative
  • Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency
    conducting investigative tasks or duties
  • Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting
    forensic examinations

Prior to the start of the course, a member of the Forensic Science Academy staff will contact participants to verify employment in one of the fields listed above.

Students will be contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into the course.

Attendance Requirements

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.


Course Attire / PPE

  • Participants will be required to conduct field exercises throughout the week and should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor scene investigations
  • Comfortable closed toe footwear
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellent


  • Chain of custody and shipping issues
  • Collecting and preserving entomological evidence
  • Collecting specimens from human remains
  • Environmental factors affecting decomposition by insects
  • Environments in which bodies decompose
  • Insects of forensic importance
  • Law enforcement application of forensic entomology
  • Preserving collected specimens
  • Rearing specimens collected from human remains

Suggested Audience

  • 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

  • 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 3.00 hours – ACE
  • 20.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)

Other Information

Course Disclaimers

  • Participants should expect to work with live insects, conduct close up examinations of simulated deceased victims (swine carcasses) and survey multiple scenario scene sites for other notable evidence during the class

Contact Information

Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: ilepse@teex.tamu.edu

Payment Info

I was very impressed with the knowledge and teaching skills of the instructors. Great course

— Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
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