Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Analysis Course - EXPLO

Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Analysis

Develop the skills and practical techniques you need to succeed in the fields of Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Analysis.

Gain hands on experience with laboratory equipment and advanced forensic techniques. Start your field training by discovering how to secure and process a mock crime scene—place evidence markers, properly photograph the scene, and take precise measurements. Learn the current methods and approaches involved in the collection, documentation, and storage of physical evidence, adhering to best practices and accepted protocols to limit possible contamination. Dig deep into the evidence itself: measure blood splatter patterns, analyze fingerprints and footprints, and conduct gait analysis. Use evidence and deductive reasoning to fit the pieces of a crime together and develop a logical hypothesis, and learn how to establish time of death based on different stages of insect development in a corpse. Delve into the history of forensics—from Sherlock Holmes to modern day CSI—by reconstructing the science of actual forensic case studies. Debate the question of maintaining DNA databases of suspected criminals, explore the limitations and possibilities of forensic technology, and discuss the ethical issues surrounding modern day forensic cases.

Students may not enroll in both the Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Analysis course and the Crime Scene Investigation workshop.

Optional: EXPLO offers special sessions that focus on different subtopics like media representation of forensic analysis, its potential impact on the judicial system, and technological developments that change collection/analysis techniques. To further your exploration of forensic science, you may sign up for these sessions once you are at the program.

Who Should Take This Course?

Does your eye pick up details that others overlook? Do you enjoy piecing together information to solve complex puzzles? Learn to investigate a crime scene, inspect blood spatter and fingerprints, and analyze forensic evidence with the scientific methods used by professional crime scene investigators. Take your analysis from the crime scene to the lab to the courtroom as you immerse yourself in each step of the investigation process.

Advisors + Past Speakers

  • Tianyin Yu, Research Assistant, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science
  • Thomas Mullen, Detective, Yale Police Department Forensics Lab
  • Casey Jordan, Criminologist, Television Crime Commentator + Attorney

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Course Highlights

  • Career Exploration

    You’ll spend time in labs and connect with the professionals in the field of forensic science, while building your understanding of the inner workings of CSI. Investigate various paths successful scientists and criminologists have taken to build their careers in the field.

  • Cold Cases

    Examine case studies of cold files and stories of persons who were wrongly accused as they relate to the ever changing development of new technologies within forensic science.

  • Prepare Testimony for Court

    With a team of colleagues, prepare a full forensic expert testimony by compiling evidence and completing a professional report. Present clear analysis and interpretation using scientifically accurate and legally appropriate terminology.

  • Identify an Unknown Victim

    Learn to analyze anatomical markers to determine age, sex, ancestry, and height of an unknown victim by examining skeletal remains. Identify skeletal abnormalities that reveal past traumas and/or cause of death. Compare observational data and DNA analysis to a database of missing persons and make a match.

  • Tour a Crime Lab

    Go behind the scenes at a professional crime lab. Meet with forensic professionals and learn about the latest in forensic technology.

I learned what a day in the life of a Forensic Scientist consists of. I originally only thought it was centered around a crime scene, but now I know that it is a balance between lab work and studying evidence.

Advisors + Past Speakers

Tianyin Yu

Research Assistant, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Tianyin Yu is a Research Assistant at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science which links scholars, researchers, students, forensic scientists, law enforcement, the legal community and professional practitioners in many fields in order to address the scientific and social issues confronting forensic science and the criminal justice system throughout the world. The Institute is a leader in the arena of public safety and forensic science and specializes in interdisciplinary research, training, testing, consulting and education.

Casey Jordan

Criminologist, Television Crime Commentator + Attorney

Dr. Casey Jordan is a criminologist, behavioral analyst, and attorney in private practice. She is currently the host-interviewer for Investigation Discovery’s Wives with Knives and serves as a consultant crime analyst for several other shows. She has contributed to more than 1000 television stories on crime and legal issues, serving as the in-house CNN Criminologist during the 2002 D.C. Sniper Event. She has appeared on all the major networks and has analyzed more than 100 cases for Court TV. Jordan has been a professor at Western Connecticut State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Iona College, Queens College, and St. Joseph’s College. Jordan has interviewed dozens of violent offenders and has authored dozens of scholarly articles and four books.