Forensic Science, a two-unit course, will introduce students to the fascinating worlds of crime scene investigation and laboratory science. Students will learn the fundamental procedures involved in investigating and processing forensic evidence. They will explore historic and theoretical crime scenes and apply the procedural methods required for examination, collection, and documentation of evidence. They will also explore the forensics lab to learn about testing methods, equipment, safety measures, and results interpretation. Additionally, students will explore the various fields and careers in forensic science.
It is recommended that students considering registering for CES: Forensic Science successfully complete at least one year of high school biology before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
and contrast types of evidence and describe the concept of
chain-of-custody of evidence.
the role, services, and procedures of crime laboratories.
proper lab practices for the analysis of forensic evidence, as well as
identifying the common analytical techniques used in crime labs today.
the different types of microscopes commonly used in forensic labs, and
identify how they function and how they are used in forensic applications.
how shoe and tire impression evidence is useful and how comparisons are
what a latent print examiner does, and explain fingerprint collection,
processing, and comparison.
what a firearms examiner does, and describe firearms evidence and explore
the science behind trajectory analysis (ballistics).
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
techniques employed to collect and analyze DNA in the field of forensic
procedures for categorizing controlled substances (drugs) according to
their legal classification in the United States and how drugs are
chemically analyzed in the forensic laboratory.
procedures for hair analysis, and decide how information from a hair
analysis can contribute to a crime scene investigation.
details on how to perform a direction of force analysis on glass to
understand how glass can be used as evidence
the basics of fire and explosion scenes and the laboratory analysis of
what a questioned document examiner does and the techniques used in
forensic document examinations.
the role and responsibilities of the expert witness, along with the best
techniques for presenting and defending evidence in court.
course is textbook free.