This is a one-semester course that involves the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the investigation of physical evidence in criminal cases. The course focuses on leading-edge technologies police and crime labs rely on to apprehend criminals. The course includes case studies and videos of actual criminal cases. Topics covered include fingerprints; hair and fabric analysis; glass; serology; and firearms. Critical thinking and analytical skills are emphasized. Laboratory is included.
Does not meet science requirement for a 3rd full year class
9780757585517, Funkhouser, Forensic Science for High School, Kendall Hunt, 2009
9780471283690, Evans, The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996 or 1998