Forensic Science Careers A,B,C
Instructors: Mrs. Drew Rm # 303
Mr. Anderson Rm #N10
The Career Development Forensics Course will define the scope of forensic science and introduce the
student to the career possibilities in forensic investigations. The enormous range of material challenges
the forensic specialist who examines and identifies hair, fiber, blood, body fluids, drugs, paint, glass, soil
flammables and identifies bullets, toolmarks and footprints. The class will analyze the role of the
investigator through the use of case histories and hands-on experience. This is a two-period, full year
1. Explain what forensic science is and be able to describe its interdisciplinary nature. Be able to
explain each of the following: forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology,
forensic psychiatry and/or psychology, forensic odontology, forensic engineering, forensic
nursing, forensic toxicology, forensic taphonomy.
2. Describe the major functions of the forensic scientist, as well as their academic, personal and
3. Give examples of typical crime laboratories on the national, state and local levels in the United
4. Discuss what constitutes scientific physical evidence. Be able to explain and use the scientific
method to collect and evaluate physical evidence.
5. Be able to describe and perform the appropriate techniques for evidence analysis of firearms and
tool marks, fires and explosions, controlled substances, poisons, toxic chemicals, body tissues,
DNA, documents, fingerprints, impressions.
6. Be able to explain how each of the areas of forensic evidence (listed in #5, above) are used and be
able to describe their limitations as scientific evidence.
7. Be able to describe the process of crime scene investigation and conduct such an investigation.
8. Discuss the types of chemical, biological and nuclear hazards posed by terrorists and methods
used to detect and neutralize their efforts.
9. Indicate new developments in forensic science and essential needs for future improvements in
10. Evaluate and explain various career options and educational preparations in forensic science,
chemistry, law enforcement and court-related professions.
11. Define the characteristics and processes a deceased person goes through after death.
12. Explain the role of a forensic scientist within the criminal justice system.
a. Role and responsibilities of the expert witness.
b. Codes of conduct
• Grades will be determined by quality and completion of readings, presentations and participation
in lab experiments and class projects.
• There will be a 10% penalty for each week an assignment is late.
• A midterm and trimester final will be given.
• Because this is a double-block class, the trimester final will be given on the first day of finals.
The final grade in this course is determined as follows:
100 – 90% of the possible points = A
89 – 80% of the possible points = B
79 – 70% of the possible points = C
69 – 60% of the possible points = D
59% or fewer of the possible points = F
Texts: Introduction to Forensic Sciences
Original Source material
Readings from magazines and professional books
- DVD and Video presentations
- PowerPoint presentations.