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Forensic Science

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Course Description

Forensics will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of techniques and strategies used by forensic scientists. They will learn the steps involved in analyzing a crime scene in order to provide evidence that will be admissible in a court of law. Emphasis is placed on the investigative process. They will get a detailed knowledge of the industry in order to explore the potential for careers in forensic science.

Students will research different methods that forensic scientists use to solve crimes and analyze crime scene data to solve crimes themselves. Topics include collecting evidence, fingerprinting, blood-typing, ballistics, trace evidence, anthropology, and of course, DNA!


Course Objectives

  • Gain a thorough understanding of forensics and its applications.
  • Develop an appreciation for the investigative process.
  • Discover potential career opportunities in the field of forensic science.

Course Dates

VHS courses follow an academic calendar and run for 15 weeks:

Fall 2017
Sept 6th – December 19th, 2017

Spring 2018
January 24th – May 8th, 2018

Additional Requirements

  • Access to a scanner for your fingerprints.
  • Clear tape, ruler, red food coloring, clip board, protractor, milk, index cards
Please note this course contains a final exam that will require the student to identify in advance an appropriate location as well as an adult proctor for the exam. Forms and instructions for students to identify a location and proctor are included as a lesson within the course.


  • Successful completion of a full year (or equivalent) of biology.
    Click here to view the course syllabus


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