Fee: $15

Learning Recommendations:

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.      

Content:

  • 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
  • Explosions
  • Fingerprints
  • Firearms, Tool Marks and other Impressions
  • Document Examination
  • Careers in Forensic Science

Strategies:

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
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Communication through scientific writing
  • Critical thinking exercises

Equipment to be provided by student: lab notebook, colored pencils, safety goggles