Introduction to Forensic Science

Forensic science is the study and application of science to the processes of law and involves the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of evidence. This course introduces the field of forensic science through an exploration of its applications to criminal investigation. This field encompasses many scientific areas which, if used properly, can make invaluable contributions to the resolution of social and legal disputes. The course will review the basic applications of selected forensic science disciplines and will explore the underlying scientific principals and methods used within each. Using examples taken from adjudicated cases, the capabilities and limitations of the forensic sciences will be illustrated. No background in natural sciences is presumed.