Forensic science at Fairfield University

We will present the developments related to forensics at Fairfield University based on what we learned at the CWCS Forensic Science workshop in 2007. After attending the workshop, we developed the course, Introduction to Forensic Science (CH007). It is a one-semester integrated lecture and laboratory course for non-science majors. This course provides an introduction to the scientific techniques used for the analysis of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes. The lecture part of the course focuses on exploring the underlying chemical principles behind the techniques. In the laboratory, the students become crime scene investigators and use the scientific method to solve a mock crime. In addition to the development of our course, we have also incorporated forensic science into a seminar for the campus-wide interdisciplinary Romeo and Juliet project, and we have developed a forensic science module for a high school summer science camp held at Fairfield University.
Authors: 
Prof. Amanda S. Harper-Leatherman Ph.D., Prof. John R. Miecznikowski Ph.D.
Author Affiliation: 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, United States