Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a course that uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide, and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science.

Forensic Science course description taken from District Course Catalog.

Forensic Science At-A-Glance

1.        Introduction/History of Forensic Science

2.        The Crime Scene

3.        Physical Evidence

4.        Properties of Matter and the Analysis ofGlass

5.        Drugs

6.        Forensic Toxicology

7.        The Microscope

8.        Forensic Serology

9.        DNA: The Indispensable Forensic Science Tool

10.     Crime-SceneReconstruction:  Bloodstain PatternAnalysis

11.     TraceEvidence I:  Hairs and Fibers

12.     TraceEvidence II:  Metals, Paint, and Soil

13.     ForensicAspects of Fire Investigation

14.     ForensicInvestigation of Explosions

15.     Fingerprints

16.     Firearms,Tool Marks, and Other Impressions

17.     DocumentExamination

18.     ComputerForensics

19.     Careersin Forensic Science