Examining the Evidence

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Examining the Evidence
Science Course
Course CodeEXAM
Year Opened1998
Sites OfferedBRI, CGV, GIL, LOS, NYC
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog] (2023):

How can an abandoned car, devoid of license plates, help detectives solve a jewel heist? How can a single strand of hair keep a man from going to jail for murder? In this course, you will uncover the answers to these types of questions while learning the science behind forensic investigation. After reviewing the scientific skills of observation and deduction, you’ll learn techniques forensic scientists use to analyze hair, fibers, fingerprints, impressions, and documents while processing a crime scene. You and your classmates will explore blood-typing and spatter patterns, toxicology, and DNA analysis. Through the study of notorious cases, such as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, you will become familiar with the history of forensic science and advances in the field. And in mock investigations, you’ll use your newly acquired analytical techniques to uncover clues, examine evidence, draw conclusions, and crack cases.

Note: Instructors gear their treatment of the material toward the age of students in the class, but some violent crimes are discussed.