Why take Forensics?
Forensics is the study of how the whole of scientific knowledge is applied to criminal cases. The fields of entomology, anthropology, genetics, microbiology, botany, and anatomy all receive new life when their principles are applied to the field of forensics.
While studying the science behind the evidence, students also encounter the world of the justice system, its guiding tenets, and its practices, in order to become more knowledgeable citizens.
Students evaluate the limitations and possibilities of evidence, debate its usability, and learn to be adept communicators in the argumentative and technical genres. Perhaps most importantly, students of forensics flex their ability to think critically about claims, and defend a position with evidence and logical reasoning.
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Syllabus in a nutshell:
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Forensic Biology is an elective science course which is designed to teach students forensics via intensive critical analysis of evidence, its limitations, and its uses through real cases and hands-on investigation.
Students must have a signed Lab Safety Contract prior to performing most labs.
The syllabus also contains a graphic content acknowledgment which must be signed by students and parents.
Students are responsible for completing assignments on time. Late work is accepted with a 10% point deduction per day late.
Students who were or will be absent are responsible for retrieving work and giving ample warning if work is desired before departure.
Tutoring, test and lab makeups/retakes are performed on Mondays after school from 3:15-4:15.