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Forensic Science: CSI Providence

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Forensics is the application of science to answer questions pertaining to the law. Methods used to solve criminal investigations have progressed significantly over the past thirty years. Investigators and scientists now collaborate and use forensic technologies to uncover facts associated with criminal cases. This course will uncover the truth behind criminal investigations and the forensic technologies used to solve them that are so often misrepresented in television shows and movies.

This course will explore different aspects of forensic science including DNA and heredity; and their uses in identification, various finger print techniques, skeletal identification, chromatography, projectile trajectory, and forensic botany. Crime scenes contain evidence that can be used to reconstruct the events that occurred during the crime. This evidence must be carefully collected, documented, and preserved to be credible in a court of law. Much of the evidence left at a crime scene occurs in very small amounts, called trace evidence. There will be an introduction to forensic trace evidence and the instruments and techniques used for the analysis of paint, glass, fibers, fire debris, and other materials commonly encountered in the trace section of a crime laboratory. We will learn how investigators gather crucial evidence at the scene of a crime and how forensic scientists carefully analyze it. Our final project will require students to apply all of the skills they have learned to solve a complicated crime scene.

As a result of taking this course, students will improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills within a realm of forensic science topics. The week will prove to be engaging, hands on approach to science in which students are continually applying new techniques to “whodunit” scenarios!