Forensic science, simply defined, is the application of science to the law. It involves the collection, examination, evaluation, and interpretation of evidence. This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamental principles of forensic science and its application to the American justice system. Students are taught to evaluate the use of biological, chemical and behavioral sciences by our justice system while gaining a basic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the application of forensic science to the law.

This Course examines a range of issues surrounding varying types of violence in the United States, in an historical and contemporary frame of reference. Contributing factors to violence, such as biology, genetics, neurology and trauma will be considered and discussed. Students will utilize media (including visual media), current events (movies, book, social media, news outlets, etc.) and respectful discussion in addressing the trends in violence outlined by the text, handouts and lectures.