Forensic Training Courses from Big Sur Scientific

This pair of acclaimed Forensic FTIR training courses is taught online by Dr. Brian C. Smith, an acknowledged expert on the analysis of trace evidence and controlled substances. Dr. Smith has written 3 books on infrared spectroscopy, and over the last 30 years has taught thousands of forensic analysts at places such as the NYPD, DEA, and LAPD how to improve their infrared analyses. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Dartmouth College.

Here is what our happy course attendees have had to say:

“Dr. Smith’s classes are well received by the students and his evaluations have been positive. He is always prepared, on time, and responsive to students and administration’s needs.”

Christopher Gale, Lab Director, California Criminalistics Institute


“Thanks for teaching the IR classes for us. I enjoyed them and found them to be an excellent overview of the material.”

Craig Triebold, Supervising Criminalist, Sacramento County DA’s Office


Pricing and Quotes – Brian Smith, (508) 579-6514, or use the form below.


Click these links for course outlines:

Forensic FTIR Instrumentation & Sample Preparation

A 2-day online course where you will learn to optimize your FTIR scans to get the best results, and learn how to properly prepare samples.


Infrared Spectral Interpretation of Trace Evidence & Controlled Substances

A 3-day online course where you will learn to interpret the infrared spectra of controlled substances and trace evidence. Many problem spectra are worked in class to enhance your skills.