Forensics

Forensics examines the application of science to the criminal and civil laws enforced by the criminal justice system. Students will explore a combination of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and computer technology, in order to learn how crime scene investigators analyze crime scenes and evidence to capture criminals.

Throughout the year, students will examine scientific techniques behind the analysis of physical and chemical evidence, toxicology, DNA fingerprinting, criminal psychology, and other relevant pieces of evidence. The content of this course will be covered through lectures, labs, and other hands-on investigations, research, discussion, and debate. By completing this course, students will gain a better understanding of the science involved in the criminal justice system as well as develop skills that allow them to think scientifically.

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry