Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school laboratory science or instructor permission
Offered: Online School for Girls, School Year (September 2016 – May 2017)
Forensic Science will examine the application of science to the criminal and civil laws enforced by the criminal justice system. Students will explore the science of criminology by using a combination of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and computer technology. Students will learn to differentiate between actual techniques and some of those portrayed on popular television shows and will 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 will 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 will be investigated, and as evidence is collected and analyzed, students will develop observation skills and deductive reasoning. The course will also include a study of the variety of careers in forensic science. This exploration will be 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.
**Approved by the NCAA
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