Forensic case studies in the quantitative analysis laboratory


Deirdre Belle-Oudry

Author Affiliation: 

University of Arizona





We have recently implemented forensic case studies in our non-majors quantitative analysis laboratory course. Students in this course have a wide array of interests ranging from environmental to nutritional science. Since forensic science is a popular subject that appeals to so many people, it allows us to capture the interest of this diverse group of students. We present students with a crime scenario and trace evidence, then allow them to design and implement their own analyses within the context of the course. The forensic project facilitates development of skills not normally cultivated in the regular