The Eisenhower High School Forensic Science course is a two semester, 1 hr credit course open to all students who have successfully completed biology and geometry. The course completes the Application tier of the required courses for the Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Corrections and Security career track.
Forensics is a field of science dedicated to the methodical gathering and analysis of evidence to establish facts that can be presented in a legal proceeding. Though crime scenes and laboratories are perhaps, most often associated with forensics, there is also computer or network forensics, forensic accounting, forensic engineering and forensic psychiatry, among other specialized fields that are today an integral part of forensics.
Forensic science is the practical application of science to matters of the law. In criminal law, forensics science can help prove the guilt or innocence of the defendant. In civil actions, forensics can help resolve a broad spectrum of legal issues through the identification, analysis and evaluation of physical evidence.
Forensic science draws upon a variety of scientific principles, including biology, physics and chemistry. The field of forensic science covers: Document examination; DNA analysis; Electronic/digital media; Fingerprinting; Autopsy techniques; Forensic engineering; Linguistics; Forensic anthropology; Pathology; Economics; Accounting; Biology; Entomology; Toxicology and much more.
Philosophy: This course is designed to be an overview course in Forensic Science for high school students.
Expectations: Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn, with all assignments completed, and ready to participate in class. Students are expected to spend time in classroom and at home reading, studying, and completing training labs, application labs and homework assignments.
Course Description: This course is designed to give students an over view of Forensic science and to see how crime scenes are investigated. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to give students a hands-on experience to reinforce lecture material.