Forensic Science

Take on the roles of detective and forensic lab scientist as you investigate a simulated on-campus crime scene.

Determine the value of criminal evidence by experimenting with chemical residue, blood spatter, fingerprints, and fibers of unknown origin. Extract DNA samples to compare to multiple suspects’ cheek swabs, then use the interrogation reports provided by the police to make educated guesses about where to look next. Uncover the abilities and limitations of forensic science to solve some of the most elusive mysteries both in our crime scene and throughout history. Finally, apply your newfound lab skills, deductive logic, and a dose of gut instinct to crack this case wide open.

Plan your summer

New York

Course Highlights

  • Dental Impressions

    Take dental impressions and use them to analyze a bite pattern from evidence collected at the crime scene.

  • Microscope Skills and Hair Analysis

    Use a microscope to inspect and compare hair samples. Practice microscope techniques until you have enough evidence to cross-reference known suspect samples found on the crime scene.

  • Blood Spatter Analysis

    Study how different spatter patterns are produced by throwing, dropping, and spraying fake blood from a variety of heights and directions.

  • Forensic Biology

    Compare and contrast the characteristics of various pollens, soils, and diatoms, and consider how you can use this information to match a suspect to a specific location.

This class is interactive, intriguing, and unusual. We got to look at a set-up crime scene and observe instead of just looking at pictures.