At the Scene: Crime Solving in the 21st Century

Course Description

This course focuses on the skills and concepts behind crime scene investigation and forensic science. You will be learning many of the concepts that make up the study of "forensic science" including physics, chemistry, anatomy, cell biology, environmental science, and math.

You will discover how, from toxicology to fingerprints to DNA samples, forensic science has progressed over the past 150 years to meet ever-changing legal standards. You will learn how modern crime scenes are secured and searched, how material and samples are collected and then analyzed in laboratories, and how different types of evidence are used to sort legal facts from crime fiction.

Your work in class will include labs, case studies, online activities, and professional visits. This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers. You will do an independent research project related to forensic toxicology. This course takes you beyond simply learning science concepts to actually seeing how science is used to answer questions and solve real-world problems.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Explain the history and development of forensic science
• Evaluate what constitutes appropriate and admissible evidence in a criminal investigation
• Categorize the various types of evidence usually found at the scene of a crime and describe generally accepted methods of collection
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of evidence issues


A general science background and a willingness to demonstrate maturity and safety while following lab protocols is required.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A and 2 afternoon class sessions per week
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Robert Schmidt
Course Number: 10049