Course Description :Forensics Chemistry is a laboratory oriented course designed for students who have already completed a chemistry course and enjoy investigating scientific processes that may be encountered during a forensics investigation. Forensic Science is the application of science to law in events subject to criminal or civil litigation and includes a number of different technical fields, including (but not limited to) physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, psychology, and medicine.
We will approach this class as if we are going to a crime scene. That is, we will begin with the first things that need to be done when you go to a crime scene, techniques that need to be mastered, practice those techniques on smaller crime scenes and then work our way to a full blown scene with many of these techniques incorporated. You will be graded on how evidence is collected, kept secure and analyzed, how well you apply the skills learned and your over all crime scene report.
Topics that may be covered are as follows: (not necessarily in this order)
Crime scene Basics
Locard’s Exchange Principle
Science of Ridges
Red Substance ID
White Substance ID
Forensic Anthropology Bone Basics
Shoe Print Casting and Analysis