Forensic Science

1 Semester


10, 11, 12


Prerequisites Needed: None
Prerequisites For: None

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

  1. Target 1: Obtain and evaluate information through accepted science and engineering practices.
  2. Target 2: Know, use, and interpret scientific concepts correctly and appropriately. (NGSS)
  3. Target 3: Recognize and apply crosscutting concepts as they appear in core scientific ideas as well as through time.
  4. Target 4: Employ appropriate literacy skills through writing, reading, and discourse in scientific and engineering contexts.

This is an NCAA-Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online instruction 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).