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Forensic Science

Course Description:   Science is the cornerstone of forensics; it allows the forensic scientist to eliminate what is irrelevant, and to correctly interpret what is relevant.  Science is basically what will decide (through its influence on a jury) that a guilty person goes to prison, and an innocent person will go free. 

In this course we will be building on the science classes that you have already had and apply it specifically to forensic science.  You need to have successfully completed Physical Science and Biology to enroll in this course.

There is perhaps no other quote that better sums up the importance of forensics that that of Professor Edmond Locard, which is known as Locard's Exchange Principle:

"Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibers from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint he scratches . . .  All of these and more, bear mute witness against him. This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value."



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