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 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 also include a unit on careers in Forensics Science.

This course meets the descriptions of lab-based and Algebra-based science courses for college entrance requirements as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council.


  • Crime Scene and Physical Evidence
  • Properties of Matter and Glass Analysis
  • Drugs and Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Serology
  • DNA Evidence
  • Hair, Fibers, and Soil
  • Fire Investigation and Explosions
  • Fingerprints
  • Firearms, Tool Marks and other Impressions
  • Careers in Forensic Science

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Inquiry activities 
  • Data collection and manipulation
  • Demonstrations of scientific principles
  • Student projects, research, and presentations
  • Cooperative learning groups
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Guest speakers
  • Communication through scientific writing
  • Critical thinking exercises

Homework:  Student work that is not completed in the classroom may be assigned as homework. Group projects will be given time during class to work on, but may require team completion outside of the classroom. Studying for assessments will be done on the student's time.

Course Fee / Materials:  lab spiral notebook, colored pencils, safety goggles