Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of scientific method to both better understand crimes and catch those responsible for them. Forensics I seeks to guide students into an understanding of God’s desire for both justice and mercy as they investigate the order and design in creation that enables crime scene investigation (CSI). The course introduces the most important skills and techniques used by forensic scientists during an investigation. Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed in court. Justice must be served!
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- University of California (UC)
Course Types Available:
- Full course (0.5 credit, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
Biblical Integration Information:
- Creation: Forensic science points to an intelligent Designer who has not only instilled truth and order in his creation (Genesis 1–2) but also endowed us with the ability to pursue justice and mercy (cf. Micah 6:8). This Designer’s handiwork can also be seen in the uniqueness of each person’s fingerprints and the large amounts of information stored in our genetics (cf. Psalm 139:13–16). Even in death, the way that God has created our bodies gives forensic scientists helpful clues about how and when death occurred.
- Fall: Adam and Eve’s original disobedience results not only in specific acts of sin but also human sinfulness, judgment, and death (Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 5:12–21). Crime especially is evidence of our fallen nature and need for redemption. Even if a crime goes unnoticed by human authorities, Scripture informs us that everyone will give an account for their actions before the judgment seat of Christ (e.g., 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11–15).
- Redemption: As people are transformed by the redemptive power of the gospel, they should pursue justice, mercy, and humility (Micah 6:8), as well as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). Forensic science allows us to pursue truth and justice in particular and, thus, can be used for redemptive purposes. Similarly, many of the same skills and principles used in forensic investigation can be used to examine the evidence for Christianity.
To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”
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