Fees: $15

Learning Recommendations:

General Description: This lab-based course explores the scientific basis of forensics. This 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 crime scenes, and solve crimes. In this course, you will study a number of sub-fields within forensics in order to examine a wide variety of crimes.

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
  • Entomology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Fingerprints
  • Firearms, tool marks, and other impressions
  • Document examination
  • Careers in Forensics 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
  • Demonstrations of scientific principles (teacher- and student-led)
  • Student research projects
  • Case studies on famous crimes
  • Cooperative learning groups
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Guest speakers
  • Communication through scientific writing
  • Critical thinking exercises

Equipment to be provided by Student: pen/pencil, additional equipment to be specified later

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: