Forensic Science 20L

The Forensic Science 20 course introduces the world of forensic science and how crime scenes are investigated.

Unique Electives, high-school-catalogue, Science-focused


Science 10 recommended


Online Asynchronous


Elective 20

What Will I Learn?

Students will learn how evidence is collected, processed and analyzed, as well as learn about the different types of evidence (fingerprints, bite marks, footprints, bloodstains, hair and fiber, and gunshot residue) that are commonly observed in crime scenes. Students will examine a variety of criminal activity including arson, explosions, and fraud, and study real cases involving criminal profiling and motives.

This course gives students the opportunity for a significant amount of hands on work.

Note that due to the nature of this course, students will be encountering some graphic content involving criminal activities that includes homicide, assault, theft, and destruction of property.

Disclaimer: This course deals with very mature content. If students feel uncomfortable at any time because of a specific topic (or person), please contact the instructor. There are multiple ways to get through this course without making learners feel uncomfortable.

Units of Study

Types of evidence and fingerprint analysis

Trace evidence and blood analysis

Criminal profiling

Arson and explosives

Police equipment and canine units

Forensic ballistics


This course requires a final exam to be supervised by a proctor

Course Materials

You Will Need

Household materials (e.g.: balloons, ink, magnifying glass, corn starch, corn syrup, food colouring)

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