Forensic Science

  • Welcome to Forensic Science!
     

    Course Description:

    Forensic Science is a course that introduces students to the application of science to connect a violation of law to a specific criminal, criminal act, or behavior and victim. Students will learn terminology and procedures related to the search and examination of physical evidence in criminal cases as they are performed in a typical crime laboratory. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence such as fingerprints, bodily fluids, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, and cartridge cases. Students will also learn the history and the legal aspects as they relate to each discipline of forensic science. Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry.

     

    Schedule:

    • First Nine Weeks:

    Unit 1: The Role of Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System

    Unit 2: Searching and Documenting a Crime Scene 

    Unit 3: Collecting and Processing Crime Scene Evidence

    Unit 4: Glass and Paint Evidence Analysis

    • Second Nine Weeks:

    Unit 5: Hair, Fiber, and Textile Evidence Analysis

    Unit 6: Fingerprints

    Unit 7: Impressions and Tool Marks

    • Third Nine Weeks:

    Unit 8: Firearms and Ballistics

    Unit 9: Counterfeiting, Forgery, and Handwriting Analysis

    Unit 10: Serology and Blood Analysis

    Unit 11: DNA Analysis

    • Fourth Nine Weeks:

    Unit 12: Toxicology, Drugs, and Alcohol

    Unit 13: Death Investigations

    Unit 14: Anthropology

     

    As your scholar's forensic science teacher, I want to make certain that you are informed about the topics your scholar will be learning.  Forensic class will be exposing scholar’s to crime scene investigations and case studies involving drugs, homicide, burglary, and other crimes.  Not only will the scholar learn about these topics, we will have guest speakers and labs to gain hands-on experience.  Illegal substances and objects will not be available to the students.  However, several graphic pictures, videos, and illustrations are included in the class to further the understanding of certain topics. For this reason, I am asking you as the parent or guardian of the scholar enrolled in this course to sign a consent form allowing him/her to participate in the activities of this course and that you are fully aware of the contents which will be discussed within the working confines of the classroom or outside the classroom (such as field trips or guest speakers).  If you wish for your child to be exempt from the above lessons, please indicate this request on the consent form. 

     

    Thank you for allowing this opportunity to explain the concept behind the Forensic Science course.  If you have further questions, please contact me at Hannah.gill@advantageacademy.org or (469) 414-2220.

    Sincerely, 

    Hannah Gill