Intro to Forensic Science (Download)

Intro to Forensic Science (Download)


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For Grade Level 11-12

Forensic science is a fascinating study of over twenty scientific disciplines offering investigative work to the judicial system. Master Books’ Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview reveals God as the Author and Designer of science and the need for Christian investigators reporting to the judicial system. Scripture, case studies, and the knowledge of various scientific disciplines are taught throughout this one of kind homeschool curriculum.

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SKU K241-7
Manufacturer Master Books
Title Intro to Forensic Science (Download)
Subtitle From A Biblical Worldview
Contributors Jennifer Rivera
Page Count 450
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

The term “forensic science” refers to the acquisition of knowledge gained from the evidence, analysis, and investigator interpretations with the goal of presenting this knowledge before individuals in the judicial system.

While television, movies, and podcasts have popularized forensic science, much of what is portrayed in the media is not accurate. Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview homeschool curriculum was developed to teach your students how to use keen observational techniques, understand the disciplines that make up forensic science, and know how to apply them to seeking first the Kingdom of God.

In every lesson, applicable Scripture is woven throughout the text, along with practical labs, and review materials. Case studies are included to raise the student’s awareness of some of the most famous crimes in history, both solved and unsolved, while examining real investigative practices, time frames, and judicial results. Because of the sensitive nature of the case studies, this course is recommended to 11th and 12th grade students.

Course Objectives

  • Study forensic science through a biblical lens and learn how science clearly confirms the Bible.
  • Discover how casts are taken of shoeprints and tire marks and how they are used in investigation.
  • Evaluate fire and blood spatter patterns and how they are used to determine origin and method.
  • Explore several types of microscopes and their purposes in forensic science.
  • Examine the role of alcohol, drugs, tools, insects, and more in crime scene investigation.

Course Features:

  • 45 minutes per lesson, 5x per week
  • Convenient daily schedule, saving you time!
  • Full-color student & teacher text
  • Perforated, 3-hole punched worksheets
  • Recommended Grade Level: 11th – 12th
  • Exercises, labs, extension activities and assessments
  • One year course to earn one science credit

Curriculum Requirements:

  • Student Text - Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview
  • Teacher Guide – Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview

About the Author:

Jennifer Hall Rivera EdD is the Director of Educational Programs for Answers in Genesis. Her interest in the forensic sciences started at an early age and is credited to the godly instruction of her father, a renowned fingerprint expert. Her experience in the field of forensic science includes employment in a crime scene unit, over a decade of teaching, journal publications, and numerous speaking events.

Content Warning: This course deals with real criminal case studies and discusses sensitive topics. Parental discretion is advised.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Unit 1: Introduction
    • 1. What is Forensic Science?
    • 2. The Two Types of Science
  • Unit 2: The Crime Scene
    • 3. The Crime Scene
    • 4. Evidence Collection and Documentation
  • Unit 3: Physical Evidence
    • 5. Drugs
    • 6. Toolmarks
    • 7. Weapons
    • 8. Documents
    • 9. Computer Forensics
  • Unit 4: Biological Evidence
    • 10. DNA
    • 11. Serology
    • 12. Toxicology
    • 13. Anthropology
    • 14. Entomology
    • 15. Death Scenes
  • Unit 5: Transitory Evidence
    • 16. Human Fingerprints
    • 17. Animal Fingerprints
    • 18. Fingerprint Processing
    • 19. Trace Evidence Part I: Hair vs. Fur
    • 20. Trace Evidence Part II: Fibers
    • 21. Trace Evidence Part III: Glass and Paint
    • 22. Trace Evidence Part IV: Pollen and Soil
    • 23. Impressions
    • 24. Arson and Explosive Investigation
    • 25. Residues and Patterns
  • Unit 6: Forensic Tools
    • 26. Microscopes
    • 27. Crime Labs
    • 28. Mobile Forensics
    • 29. Facial Reconstruction
  • Unit 7: Forensic Specialties
    • 30. Forensic Odontology
    • 31. Forensic Psychiatry
  • Unit 8: The Judicial System
    • 32. The Judicial System
    • 33. Chain of Custody
    • 34. Courtroom Testimony
  • Glossary
  • Endnotes
Great for highschool!
Review by Shantel
I bought the whole set for my 11th grader and we are enjoying the guide so much! I love the case studies and have found myself reading them for pleasure! There is also quite a bit of hands-on but it's not been overwhelming and most of the supplies have been easy to get or we already have. Definitely an A+ from both me and my son!
Absolutely fascinating!
Review by Dustie
This is a very fascinating course that helps students develop skills that they can use to bring glory to the Creator. I love that it is absolutely rooted in God’s truth. The author makes it clear that, “criminal activity is rooted in the sinful nature of man, and understanding the fallen nature of man is important when studying forensic science.” Because of the sensitive nature of many of the cases in which forensics is required, the age level is appropriate, and I wouldn’t recommend adjusting it.
The supply list is at the beginning of the teacher guide and uses mostly household or easy to find items. A more detailed list (divided by lesson) is found in the back of the teacher’s guide. The list is a bit longer than some of the other courses, but that is because it is a very hands on course. The activities are extremely useful in understanding how the forensics experts conduct investigations. One of the first lessons that the student learns is to distinguish between what is relevant and what is not. I think this is a skill that can be useful in many other aspects of life. The student will learn skills in analysis of data, as well as things like serology, toxicology, and fingerprint analysis. In addition, the student is given an overview of the judicial aspects, as well as different careers within the field of forensics.
This is a fantastic course for a student that is interested in a career in the medical or legal professions.
Review by Virginia
The Intro to Forensic Science curriculum is a fascinating out-of-the-box lab-based science course that is sure to keep your student engaged all year long. This course enables students to evaluate real case studies, analyze forensic science articles, participate in hands-on labs, and develop an understanding of how to view forensics through the lens of God’s Word. This course is recommended for 11th-12th grade and because it does cover include actual historical cases that are grim, I would not suggest using it with younger students unless they are very mature.

The Intro to Forensic Science student book includes a text that is fascinating as well as vibrant and colorful images and graphics. It is certainly worth investing in the paperback copy!

I would highly recommend this course for any upper high school student interested in a career in law enforcement or forensics.

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