Criminal Justice & Forensic Science 

If you're intrigued about the world of CSI and considering a career in forensics, get a special look into this exciting field with this two-week Jump Start course. "Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science" focuses on up-to-date technology for law enforcement and the courts to gather physical evidence and/or identify those involved in criminal activity. Crime scene investigation (CSI) steps and procedures will be taught in the classroom, and hypothetical crime scenes will take place both indoors and outdoors.

Students will learn about the investigative process, plus study the history of forensic science. You'll hear all about various key aspects of forensics from hands-on experts who will serve as class lecturers, including homicide detectives, fingerprint technicians, DNA experts and others.

Each student is exposed to the crime scene, the proper/sterile collection of evidence, and the crime lab process. This program promises to be comprehensive, intensive?and exciting.

Students can prepare for the course by reviewing the text by Saferstein, R. (2004). Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall (ISBN 0-13-111852-8).


Dr. Jack Richardson
Professor Emeritus




The Jump Start program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in the medical sciences.

This course is two weeks of intense biology, chemistry, and physics content with emphasis on lectures, laboratory, and scientific article analysis.  We will be studying cardiovascular anatomy and function, circulation, disease, and the affects of exercise and smoking.  In addition, there will be information on medical school education and admission.


Ms. Kathy Tehrani 
Biology Lab Instructor