Forensic Technology

SCED Code: 15055
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

Forensic science plays a crucial role in today's civil and criminal cases by collecting, documenting, testing and analyzing crime scene evidence using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques. This course provides an introduction to students who might be interested in forensic science careers in toxicology, serology, controlled substances, latent fingerprints, firearm/tool mark, DNA and document analysis, among others. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant

Pathway Occupation
Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Worker
Law Enforcement Services
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Technician
  • Statistician
  • Systems Analyst
Science & Mathematics
  • Bioinformatics Technician
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Toxicologist

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