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Forensic Science is an introductory study in forensics that applies concepts from life, Earth, and physical sciences. Students will learn and apply scientific investigative techniques in body decomposition and entomology, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprinting, blood spatter, and DNA evidence.
  • Investigate crime scenes carefully, systematically, and scientifically by asking questions that arise from careful observation of evidence to clarify and/or seek additional information
  • Engage in argumentation by using appropriate and sufficient evidence and scientific reasoning to develop, defend and critique claims and explanations about a case
  • Process and analyze crime science evidence using various techniques to identify or exclude individuals involved in a crime

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Unit Description
FS01Introduction to Forensic Science, Observation, and Crime Scene Investigation
This unit is a compilation of Introduction to Forensics, Observation and Crime Scene Investigation. Students will study the history of forensic science and its role in advancing modern science. They will examine how the brain works when making observations and concrete ways to become a better observer. They will determine how eyewitness accounts affect the outcome of judicial proceedings. As students learn how to classify evidence they will assume the role and responsibilities of crime scene investigators.
FS02Death Investigation
Students will examine multiple lines of evidence to investigate the cause, manner, mechanism and time of death in a forensic investigation. Evidence will be derived from the human body, decomposition, insect populations and other sources of information that can inform the claims for the death investigation.
FS03Hair and Fiber Evidence
Students will analyze hair and fiber samples to determine unique characteristics which individualize this evidence. Students will apply this knowledge to identify the source of evidence and crime scene reconstruction.
Students will learn how fingerprints are formed and how to recognize identifying patterns of fingerprints. They will engage in the practice of collecting and processing fingerprints as well as how to analyze the evidence to support a claim about the forensic investigation.
FS05Blood and Blood Spatter
Students will review the structural components of blood, the functions blood, and inheritance patterns for the ABO and Rh blood groups. Students will engage in blood typing as well as the analysis of blood spatter patterns to examine additional evidence for claims in a forensic investigation.
FS06DNA Evidence
Students will review the structure and function of DNA. They will learn how DNA evidence is collected, prepared, and processed via gel electrophoresis. Students will then analyze the data to provide evidence for claims in a forensic investigation.