• Forensic Science

    Forensic Science is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. It has become a comprehensive subject incorporating Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Entomology, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology as well as other aspects of Science. This course combines basic theory and real laboratory experiments, creating an experiment based situation for the better understanding of the students. The experiments used reinforce previously learned scientific principles rooted in Biology, Chemistry and physics.

    Topics Covered by Chapter:

    1 Observational Skills
    2 Investigation and Evidence Collection
    3 Hair
    4 Fiber and Textiles
    6 Fingerprints
    7 DNA Fingerprinting
    8 Processing Blood
    9 Drug Identification and Toxicology
    10 Document and Voice Examination
    12 Death: Meaning, Manner, Mechanism, Cause and Time
    AND Ch. 11 Entomology
    14 Forensic Anthropology
    18 Firearms
    5 Botany, Ch. 13 Soil Examination
    15 Glass, Ch. 16 Casts and Impressions, Ch. 17 Tool Marks 


    All materials will be posted on Google Classroom 


    What will I need to be successful in this class?

    • A three ring with Tabs (5)- Do Nows, Notes and Handouts, Labs/Projects/Webquests, Quizzes/Tests, Misc.
    • Plenty of loose-leaf paper and writing utensils.

    How will I be graded?

    • Tests– 40%
      • At the end of each chapter
    • Quizzes – 20%
      • Every couple of weeks, small amount of info
    • Labs/Projects– 25%
      • 1-2 per chapter
    • Homework/ Classwork– 15%
      • At least 3 times a week


    Late Work- NO late work will be accepted.


    Make Up Tests Requirements

    • Must go to ONE tutoring session afterschool, complete the chapter review in the book, and Ch. Test Review handout must be complete.
    • Test MUST be made up no later then one week after it is handed back.


    After an absence:

    • All PowerPoint Notes will be on my teacher website!
    • See me before or after class for missed assignments
      • Extra copies will also be in a binder at the front of the room.
      • You will have as many days as you were absent to make up work.

    Extra Credit

    • Science Superstar Stamps: Complete 5 and your quiz grade will be changed to an A.
      • Summarize any science article and fill out the Science Superstar Article Summary Sheet.
        • You must attach the article to the summary sheet.
      • You can only get 1 SSS a week. Only ONE grade may be changed per marking period.
    • Random extra credit and extra credit assignments are also given on occasion.


    Classroom Rules

    1. Be in your assigned seat, have your materials out and be working on the assigned “Do Now” when the tardy bell rings.
      • Remain in your seat at all times unless you have permission otherwise.
    2. Bring notebook and materials with you to class
      • Unless it is an emergency, no passes will be given to leave class while the teacher is in the middle of a lesson.
    3. You must always raise your hand before speaking- yelling out causes distraction.
    4. Follow directions the first time they are given.
      • You must be on task at all times during class.
    5. No hats, iPods, cell phones, electronics of any kind AND no food or drinks are allowed in class (exception: water).


    *Always treat each person in this room with respect and dignity*

    *Follow all policies and procedures as outlined in the school handbook*



    1. 2nd warning OR Seat will be moved.
    2. Parental contact, and lunch detention.
    3. Parental contact, and TWO lunch detentions.
    4. Disciplinary referral.