• Any topics related to Forensic Science and/or Crime Scene Analysis 
  • Specialty roles in Forensics, such as Toxicologist, Serologist,  Pathologist, Odontologist, Ballistics, Cyber Forensics, etc.
  • Interesting case studies
  • Pathways to the becoming a Forensic Scientist

Key Questions

Student questions:

  • How are the trajectories of entry and exit bullet/knife/wounds calculated?
  • How are phones and computers tracked?
  • How can a body be identified when hardly any remains are evident?
  • If there is only dried blood evidence, can DNA be extracted determine identity?
  • What are various ways used to determine the time of a crime and time of death?
  • Lacking a bullet or shell, can the kind of firearm used in a crime be determined by gun powder residue?
  • How does a toxicologist differentiate between accidental and intentional overdose?
  • How is forensic science used to differentiate between an accidental fire and arson?
  • Compare and contrast a typical autopsy from a forensic autopsy.
  • How do weather conditions, use of accelerants, etc. challenge determining time of death?
  • What signs are looked for to determine whether death is due to suicide or homicide?
  • What is the significance of a body farm?  What can be learned?  Where is the nearest body farm? Where is the most famous? Can a body farm be visited?


Expected Outcomes

  • Educational/Experiential pathways to the industry (High School, University, Career Ladder).
  • Differences between forensic specialties and additional training required.
  • Best forensics programs in the area, state, region, nation.
  • Compare and contrast an actual/typical forensic scientist's day-to-day experience with that which is often depicted on television.
  • The necessity of collaboration and cooperation between other industries, such as police, medical, FBI, social services etc.



Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 02/09/2017 9:30 AM   Eastern Time




Sandra Geisbush


Kristi Sanders
Forensic Science  
Grade 8  
Career Clusters
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security   Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
No. of Students
Forensic Science
Sub Topic
Any Forensic Topics  
Crime Scene Investigations