Forensic Science I: Secrets of the Dead *

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI).  Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

Forensics Science I covers the following concepts:

  • Introduction to Forensic Sciences including the studies of the history of forensic science, and forensics and the legal system
  • The Crime Scene including the studies of the crime scene, recording evidence, and evidence
  • Physical Evidence including the studies of physical evidence, types of evidence and soil
  • Physical Evidence: Hair, Blood and Fingerprints including the studies of hair, blood and fingerprints
  • Firearms and Tool Marks including the studies of self defense vs murder, and collecting and preserving firearm evidence
  • Human Remains including the studies of the time of death, and human remains at the crime scene
  • DNA Evidence including the studies of collecting and preserving DNA evidence, and technique used for DNA typing
  • Arson and Explosion Evidence including the studies of forensic science and the fire scene, and explosives

* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.