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Forensic Science: CSI Providence

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
July 23, 2018 - July 27, 20181M-F 8:30A-11:20A and T,TH 12:15-3:05POpenRobert Schmidt

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. We will learn from investigators how they gather crucial evidence at the scene of a crime and how forensic scientists carefully analyze it. The final project will be a mock trial in which students will role play expert witnesses affording an overall summary of their course experience.

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

Prerequisites: None required.