Forensic Science examines the application of science to the criminal and civil laws enforced by the criminal justice system. Students explore the science of criminology by using a combination of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and computer technology. Students learn to differentiate between actual techniques and some of those portrayed on popular television shows and also evaluate current procedures used by real crime labs to understand some of the limitations of the law, police, and forensics science. Throughout the year, students examine scientific techniques behind the analysis of physical and chemical evidence, toxicology, DNA fingerprinting, fire and explosives, glass, bones, handwriting and document analysis, and other relevant pieces of evidence. Simulated crime and accident scenes are investigated, and as evidence is collected and analyzed, students develop observation skills and deductive reasoning. The course also includes a study of the variety of careers in forensic science. This exploration is completed through a mixture of laboratory exercises, class discussions and projects, online simulations and games, and analysis of representation of forensic science in the media.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school history
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