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



If you are considering the medical field, you need a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and physics, and the ability to apply these disciplines to human health and well-being.

Jump Start Pre-Medicine is a 3-credit course created for high-school students interested in medicine.  The interdisciplinary approach concentrates on nervous system anatomy and function and focuses on studying physical properties of the human eye, the chemistry of biological compounds and neurotransmitters, and the anatomy and physiology of nerves and special senses.

The course features classroom lectures, laboratory activities, scientific journal article analysis, critical-thinking, and discussions concentrating on the physics, chemistry and biology of the nervous system.


Ms. Kathy Tehrani 
Biology Lab Instructor