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Forensic Science

Stratford's home study program is an excellent place to begin learning about the detailed and serious work involved in careers in forensic science.

Forensic science careers generally involve many years of expensive schooling. So, before your spend your hard earned money, use Stratford's convenient and affordable home study program to first help you determine if a career in forensic science is for you.

Understanding the fundamentals of careers in forensic science is essential and an important first step in your studies. Stratford's course was developed to give you a thorough introduction to these ever-important topics.

Stratford’s forensic science course offers instruction in many key areas including:
• The crime laboratory
• Collection and preservation of evidence
• Fundamentals of DNA analysis
• Voice examination techniques
• Genetic fingerprinting
• Handwriting and document identification

Whether you are interested in possibly pursuing a career in forensic science or simply want to learn more about this interesting field of study, Stratford can certainly help you get started. Enrol today!
Forensic Science Module 1
Introduction to Forensic Science

• Types, Properties, and Testing of Physical Evidence
• Introduction to Firearms and Ballistics
• Introduction to Fingerprints, Hair, and DNA Profiling
• Building a Solid Scientific Foundation
• Basic Chemistry, Physics, Electricity, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Math for Forensic Science

Forensic Science Module 2

• Investigating the Crime Scene
• Investigating and Processing Physical Evidence
• Physical Properties: Forensic Characterization of Soil
• The Microscope and Forensic Identification of Hair and Fibers
• Forensic Analysis of Glass
• Fingerprints
• Questioned Documents
• Firearms

Forensic Science Module 3
More Concepts in Criminalistics

• Forensic Determination of Metals and Gunshot Residue
• Arson
• Drugs of Abuse
• Forensic Toxicology
• Biological Fluids
• DNA Typing
• Computer Forensics, Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism
• Explosives
• Detecting Weapons of Mass Destruction

Forensic Science Module 4
Crime Scene Investigation Part 1

• Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
• The CSI Effect
• Ethics in Crime Scene Investigations
• Duties of the First Responder to the Crime Scene
• Specialized Personnel and Safety Considerations
• Methodical Approach to Processing the Crime Scene
• The Forensic Laboratory

Forensic Science Module 5
Crime Scene Investigation Part 2

• Fingerprint Evidence
• Trace Evidence
• Blood and Biological Evidence
• Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
• Impression Evidence
• Firearms and Ballistic Evidence
• Drug Evidence
• Digital Evidence
• Death Investigation
• Arson and Explosive Investigation
• Special Scene Considerations

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction to the theory and methodology of forensic science. It is intended to help individuals in the exploration of forensic science as a career field. Additional training, certification and/or licensing may be prerequisite conditions to employment, as required by law.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.
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"I found my course very informative and a strong basis to assist someone considering employment in the field of Forensic Science."

Jacqueline H.

"I learned about a new field of study in which I previously knew very little. This field is very interesting."

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