Fingerprints. Blood spatters. Gunshot residue. If these things intrigue you rather than scare you, Forensic Science 1: Secrets of the Dead may be for you. This course offers you the chance to dive into the riveting job of crime scene analysis. Learn the techniques and practices applied during a crime scene investigation and how clues and data are recorded and preserved. You will better understand how forensic science applies technology to make discoveries and bring criminals to justice as you follow the entire forensic process—from pursuing the evidence trail to taking the findings to trial. By careful examination of the crime scene elements, even the most heinous crimes can be solved.
You will need access to presentation, word processing, and graphics editing software; a camera or phone camera; and a way to upload photos for submission. In addition, you will need access to various household items for assignments (see syllabus for details).
Introduction to Forensic Science
The Crime Scene
Physical Evidence: Hair, Blood, and Fingerprints
Firearms and Tool Marks
Arson and Explosion Evidence