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Forensic Science

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Career Exploration, Science

Shows like CSI, Bones, and NCIS have created a pop culture interest in the field of Forensic Science. Are the shows realistic? This course explores the ways in which forensic science contributes to solving crimes. We will look at the science of blood splatter, DNA, ballistics, fire and explosions, hair and fiber, forgeries, and more. The course incorporates virtual “crime lab” experiences and other hands-on activities (no corpses, sorry!) to explore the real-world role of the CSI. The course will give students who are potentially interested in pursuing a career in forensic science a great foundation for the kinds of practices used in the CSI laboratory (and it is also a lot of fun!).

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Notes and Conditions

Lab Activities: Lab exercises reinforce the concepts covered in the class and provide a hands-on learning experience with the course content. However, this course does not have sufficient lab work to fulfill the requirements of a high school "lab science."

“Amazing course that gives an overview of the immense field of Forensic Science! This class enabled me to make the decision to pursue this in college, as I have applied and been accepted to study Forensic and Investigative Science this fall at university!”

Craig P

“Most enjoyable course I have taken this year. It is science but way more fun since it is applied science about forensics and forensic investigation!”

Josiah H

“This class was honestly my favorite class I’ve ever taken. Great teacher makes the class super fun and interactive, while somehow managing to keep it serious and informative. The final project is a lot of fun. The subject is never boring. Highly recommend!”

Ryan A

“Class was so fascinating. I learned so many things about the criminal justice system and forensics. Class does have quite a bit of science, namely chemistry and biology, but the concepts are not too difficult to grasp. I’m really glad I took this course.”

Katya P

“Anyone fascinated with crime investigation and the objective aspect of it will devour this class. It covers almost every aspect of investigating crime, focusing on the individual fields of study, including roles, and the courtroom process itself.”

Gabrielle S
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