- Successful completion of SCI125 - Chemistry Laboratory Methods, SCI126 - Physics Laboratory Methods, or SCI200 - Biology
- Successful completion of MTH100 - Common Core Algebra 1
- 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. 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.
- Crime scene and physical evidence
- Properties of matter and glass analysis
- Drugs and forensic toxicology
- Forensic serology
- DNA evidence
- Hair and fibers
- Forensic anthropology
- Blood spatter analysis
- Firearms, tool marks, and other impressions
- Document examination
- Careers in Forensics 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
- Demonstrations of scientific principles (teacher- and student-led)
- Student research projects
- Case studies on famous crimes
- Cooperative learning groups
- 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: