Forensic Science 2: More Secrets of the Dead

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Course Description:
Examine the evidence! Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving a crime, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. Forensic Science 2 focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. Students will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guide forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined. And along the way, students will continue to discover divine design and order in creation, as well as how evidence can uncover both evil intentions and godly pursuits.

Recommended Prerequisites:
Forensic Science 1

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Course Types Available:

  • Full course (0.5 credit, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: Divine design and order are exhibited in the scientific study of creation, notably including entomology (the study of insects). Moreover, while both man and woman are made in the image of God, their bodies differ in important ways, and these differences can help forensic scientists identify unrecognizable victims of violence.
  2. Fall: Adam and Eve’s original disobedience results not only in specific acts of sin (e.g., drug addiction, forgery, murder, unforgiveness, crime) but also human sinfulness, judgment, and death (Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 5:12–21). Human nature is wholly and universally marred by sin (Romans 1:18—3:20; 3:23).
  3. Redemption: As people are redeemed by God in Christ, they should seek to become free of sin (e.g., Galatians 5:1); keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–25); honor God with their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19–20); not take revenge, but leave room for God’s wrath (Romans 12:19); and magnify God (e.g., Psalm 34:3). Interested Christians can and should use forensic science in their pursuit of God and the common good (cf. 1 Peter 4:10–11).

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
None