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!).