Courses

Honors Forensic Science

  • PowerSchool Code: 30205X0
  • Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th graders
  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Schedule: Monday — Thursday
  • Time: 8:15am – 9:25am
  • Course Pathway(s): Applied Sciences

Course Introduction

This course focuses on the application of basic biological, chemical, and physical science principles, and technological practices as they relate to judicial and civil issues. It includes the investigation of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, ballistics, arson, trace evidence analysis, poisons, drugs, blood spatters, and blood samples. In addition, students must incorporate technology, communication skills, language arts, art, family and consumer science, mathematics, and social sciences. Good writing skills are imperative. Through online lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. 

Note: Honors Forensic Science and Honors Forensic Detectives: the Science of Solving Accidents are two distinct forensic courses, each offering a unique learning experience. These courses can be taken independently and do not require sequential enrollment.

PREREQUISITE(S):

Completion of Language Arts/ English with a grade of B, completion of Biology I and Math III through your local high school or NCVPS.

MATERIALS:

Materials will be provided on loan from NCSSM. The facilitator will need to receive the materials, distribute them to students, and collect them to return (or retain for future classes) at the end of the course.

Because of potential graphic material in some of the modules, parents are asked to sign a permission slip.

SITE REQUIREMENTS:

Facilitator assistance will be required to set up labs and proctor assessments. The instructor will provide a list of educational websites that students must be able to access during class, including but not limited to Google Drive. Students must have computer access with a stable internet connection and appropriate permissions for web conferencing. Students in shared spaces should have individual audio devices (headphones with microphones).