- Successful completion of SCI125 - Chemistry Laboratory Methods, SCI126 - Physics Laboratory Methods, and SCI200 - Biology
- Successful completion of MTH100 - Common Core Algebra 1 and concurrent enrollment in MTH300 - Common Core Algebra 2.
- Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets.
- Proficient in lab technique, problem solving and critical thinking.
General Description: This Lab-based course explores the scientific basis of forensics. The is a rich cross-disciplinary class that utilizes the scientific method and knowledge from diverse fields such as physics, chemistry, and biology to collect and analyze evidence, re-create the crime scene, and determine the perpetrator. In this course, you will study a number of sub-fields within forensics in order to examine a wide variety of crimes. The course will end with a unit on careers in Forensics Science.
- This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based science course.
- Crime Scene and Physical Evidence
- Properties of Matter and Glass Analysis
- Drugs and Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Serology
- DNA Evidence
- Hair and Fibers
- Metal, Paints, and Soil
- Fire Investigation
- Firearms, Tool Marks and other Impressions
- Document Examination
- Careers in Forensic Science
Students learn through a combination of:
- Inquiry activities using laboratory investigation and crime scene re-creation with an emphasis on critical analysis and interpretation of data
- Use of electronic tools for data collection and manipulation
- Demonstrations of scientific principles (teacher and student led)
- Student projects research and presentations
- Cooperative learning groups
- Guest Speakers
- Communication through scientific writing
- Critical thinking exercises
Equipment to be provided by student: lab notebook, colored pencils, safety goggles