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



Are you thinking about a career in medicine or another health-related field? Find out what you need to know in the Jump Start pre-medicine course called, ?Getting on Your Nerves: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the World of Medicine.?

This course will introduce you to some of what's required to get into medical school: developing a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and physics. Already, you probably know that processes of the body follow physical and chemical laws. Gaining an understanding of how the body works, supported by the corresponding physics and chemistry information, allows us to see how all three scientific disciplines can provide insights into human health.

As the focus of this course, the nervous system is an excellent topic for interdisciplinary study. You'll be exploring a range of material, from the physics of electricity and rotational movement, and the chemistry of neurotransmitters to the study of nerves, action potentials and special senses. Classroom activities will include dissection, making observations of animal and human nervous system activity, and working with the underlying chemical and physical principles. These hands-on activities will be supplemented by classroom lectures, problem-solving and discussions.


Ms. Kathy Tehrani 
Biology Lab Instructor