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High School Forensic Science 1

Pre Requisites

Biology suggested but not required


Take a new look at forensics through the lens of some of the world’s most famous and intriguing crime cases. This course examines the latest forensic techniques and innovations used to solve crimes. It also focuses on basic scientific principles and laboratory processes used in the field, such as DNA testing, presumptive tests, and material analysis. Investigative experiences for students include electrophoresis and evidence analysis techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing, and fiber analysis. Students also study crime scene investigation (CSI) and evidence collection using mock crime scenes. *Note that case studies in forensic science examine evidence that may be sensitive to some students.

Segment One

Module 01 - Introduction to Forensics

  • Introduction to Forensics Pretest
  • Introduction to Forensics
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Physical Evidence
  • Documentary Evidence
  • Demonstrative and Digital Evidence
  • Testimonial Evidence
  • Forensics in the Courtroom
  • Introduction to Forensics Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Introduction to Forensics Exam

Module 02 - Trace Evidence

  • Trace Evidence Pretest
  • Introduction to Trace Evidence
  • Biology Basics
  • Fiber Evidence
  • Hair Evidence
  • Forensic Botany
  • Soil and Entomology
  • Mock Crime Scene I
  • Trace Evidence Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Trace Evidence Exam

Module 03 - Genetic Evidence

  • Genetic Evidence Pretest
  • Introduction to Genetic Evidence
  • DNA Basics
  • Blood Typing
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Genetic Profiling
  • Genetic Genealogy
  • Genetic Evidence Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Segment One Exam

Segment Two

Module 04 - Pattern Evidence

  • Pattern Evidence Pretest
  • Introduction to Pattern Evidence
  • Casts and Impressions
  • Tool Mark Evidence
  • Fingerprints
  • Glass and Paint Evidence
  • Blood Spatter Evidence
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Pattern Evidence Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Pattern Evidence Exam

Module 05 - Biochemical Evidence

  • Biochemical Evidence Pretest
  • Introduction to Biochemical Evidence
  • Biochemistry Basics
  • Anthropology
  • Pathology
  • Toxicology
  • Drug and Toxin Analysis
  • Mock Crime Scene II
  • Biochemical Evidence Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Biochemical Evidence Exam

Module 06 - Projectile and Flammable Evidence

  • Projectile and Flammable Evidence Pretest
  • Introduction to Projectile and Flammable Evidence
  • Physics Basics
  • Falls and Collisions
  • Ballistics
  • Arson
  • Explosives
  • Forensic Careers
  • Projectile and Flammable Evidence Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Segment Two Exam

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