11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1/2
Forensic science is the application of science to legal situations. Students will formulate and critically examine problems, and investigate probable solutions. They will collect and scientifically evaluate data, draw conclusions based on evidence, apply data to authentic situations, and communicate the results of the work. The topics used to teach these skills include: crime scene investigations, evidence collection, DNA, physics properties of glass, soil and sand, paper and ink analysis, handwriting analysis, forensic anthropology, odontology, prints including those from fingers, lips, shoes, and tires, and trace evidence including hair, fibers, and body fluids including blood typing, genetics, and splatter patterns. This course gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills learned in physics, chemistry, and biology to the real-life problems of crime scene investigation. CSI fans take note! (This course does not qualify for NCAA eligibility.)
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