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Online Forensic Science Classes for High School Students

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Class Length
1 Semester
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This class is a
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Marking Evidence of Motorcycle Crash for Forensic Science Examination in Wisconsin Online High School ClassTake high school Forensic Science and earn .5 science credit toward your high school diploma. It's free for Wisconsin students!

Forensic Science


Forensics encompasses many science disciplines as they are used to support the legal system. In our forensic science class, high school students will apply concepts of biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, genetics, and anthropology as they explore:

  • forensic disciplines of crime scene documentation
  • drug analysis
  • toxicology
  • microscopy
  • serology
  • DNA analysis
  • fiber analysis
  • fingerprinting
  • document analysis

Students will learn to observe, collect, analyze, and evaluate evidence associated with criminal cases. Through scientific reasoning and critical thinking, students will evaluate the use of scientific principles as they apply to criminalistics and other life situations.

Students will virtually explore instrumentation commonly used in laboratories to solve crimes, replicate and compare DNA, and identify unknown chemical compounds. Throughout the course, students will assess how scientific methods have evolved and interpret their impact on the reliability of forensic evidence. Students will encounter the material through print, online audio and video sources, discussion board exchanges, lab exercises, and real-time instruction.

Achievement in this class is assessed through objective and short answer quizzes, discussion board posts, lab reports, and research projects.

Learning Targets:

Target 1: Obtain and evaluate information through accepted science and engineering practices.

Target 2: Know, use, and interpret scientific concepts correctly and appropriately. (NGSS)

Target 3: Recognize and apply crosscutting concepts as they appear in core scientific ideas as well as through time.

Target 4: Employ appropriate literacy skills through writing, reading, and discourse in scientific and engineering contexts.

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This is a NCAA-Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online core class provider and this online Forensic Science class meets the NCAA core course requirements. To see the full list of NCAA-approved online high school courses offered by eAchieve Academy, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center (use school code #502388).

Forensic Science can give you a head start in a criminal justice career

High school requirements for forensic science

Students virtually explore lab instruments & techniques used to solve crimes.

Taking forensics & other science classes in high school can help you prepare for a college degree and eventual work in the criminal justice field. Whether you’re interested in becoming a forensic scientist, computer forensics investigator, detective or any other role in criminology, explore recommended high school courses and subjects for a career in criminal justice.

Subjects required for forensic science

To start a career in forensic science you’ll need a bachelor of science degree in a related major like forensic science, criminal justice, biology or chemistry.

Forensic investigation also requires strong math skills. No matter what level of math you currently possess in high school, continually challenging yourself to improve in math and studying it every year will help you in obtaining a forensic science degree down the road.

What courses should I take to become a forensic scientist?

Taking as many science courses as possible in high school will help prepare you for more in-depth study in college. In addition to our forensic science class, recommended courses for a future career in forensic science are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology

We also offer online AP science courses which can earn you college credit while still in high school.

To develop the math and problem-solving skills you’ll need as a forensic scientist, start while you’re still in high school by studying:

  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Pre-calculus & Trigonometry

We also offer free online AP math classes so motivated students who excel in math can get a head start in college-level coursework.

Is forensic science in high school hard?

The answer is different for each student, as everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve done well in other science courses and have a strong interest in forensics you’ll find the class challenging but not too difficult.

By taking forensic science online you can study at your own pace and reach out to your instructor with questions by phone or email, which can be easier than studying the same subject in a traditional classroom setting.

Online Forensic Science class open to homeschool students

Our online science classes are a great way to expand a homeschool curriculum while earning credit towards your high school diploma. Wisconsin residents in a homeschool program can take 1-2 accredited classes each semester through eAchieve for zero cost.

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How To Enroll In Online Forensic Science

Our Forensic Science online course is FREE for Wisconsin residents under 21.
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