• Forensic Science Class

     

    Welcome to 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, suicide, buglery, arson, and the psychology of criminal behavior.  Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to documenting crime scenes, making forensic obeservations, studying 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, DNA, impressions, toxicology, and blood spatter analysis.  Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science.


  • OUTLINE OF TOPICS

     

    This is a rough outline of topics that we will be learning this year.  The order of these topics is not necessarily in the order they will be studied in class as the sequence of topics may at times need to be adjusted to best fit student’s interests and prior knowledge, calendar adjustments or changes to instructional delivery.

     

    • Introduction to Forensic Science & Observational Skills

    • The Criminal Justic System, Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection

    • Hair Analysis

    • Fabrics and Textiles

    • Fingerprints

    • DNA Profiling

    • Blood and Blood Spatter

    • Forensic Toxicology

    • Casts & Impressions

    • Blood and Blood Spatter

    • Casts and Impressions

    • Firearms and Ballistics

    • Forensic Entomology

    • Death: Manner, Mechanism, Cause

    • Forensic Anthropology

    • Questioned Documents and Handwriting

    • Glass Evidence

    • Tool Marks

    • Forensic Botany

    • Soil Examination

    • Behavior Profiling