Free Online Classes and Courses for Aspiring Forensic Scientists

See our list of free online courses and classes for aspiring forensic scientists. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

Info on Free Online Forensic Science Courses and Classes

The Internet has many free online courses and classes that may be of interest to aspiring forensic scientists. Courses and classes vary in difficulty. This article looks at a few courses from the many available. None of the resources discussed in this article confer academic credit.

Free Forensic Science Courses

Advances in Forensic Anthropology by the National Institute of Justice

Materials for this resource were taken from a 3-day seminar. Each session is presented in video format. Sessions typically include additional downloadable resources, like PowerPoint slides, images and related software. Topics discussed include application and history of computed tomography images, determination of biological sex and genetics.

Adventures in Forensic Anthropology by the University of Cape Town

This resource is an audio file of a talk by Professor Morris (Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town) about anatomy, anthropology and forensic science. In particular, the lecture explores clues that can be derived from human bones. The audio file is large and may take time to download.

Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes by the National Institute of Justice

There are four modules - types of evidence, crime scenes, evidence collection and combined DNA Index System (CODIS) - in this resource. The resource also includes two documents outlining crime scene procedures. The tutorial is interactive, requiring Flash 8, Adobe Acrobat and speakers.

Crime Scene Forensics: How Does It Work? by BBC News

This special multimedia BBC report gives viewers a glimpse into what happens at the crime scene and in the lab. The tutorial looks at preserving evidence, taking swabs and examining the body. The lab portion covers footwear, fingerprints, DNA and ballistics.

DNA Analyst Training by the National Forensic Science Technology Center

The National Forensic Science Technology Center is a non-profit involved in forensic science training and research. This self-paced training program covers topics such as other DNA technologies and markers, population statistics and genetics, DNA and evidence, forensic biology and DNA amplification. The course is presented in a text format.

Firearm Examiner Training by the National Institute of Justice

This is an interactive training program about firearms. It includes slide shows and animations. After a discussion of firearms, it looks at evidence handling procedures, firearms examination, gunshot residue and tool mark identification.

Forensic Science and Fingerprints by Open University

This course introduces the student to topics surrounding fingerprints, including their use in court, as well as answering the question, 'How scientific and sound is fingerprint identification?' The course includes questions (with answers), activities and readings.

Latent Print Workshop by the National Forensic Science Technology Center

This workshop webpage discusses the detection of latent fingerprints by using luminescence. Users can access online several videos and PowerPoint presentations in .pdf format. Topics covered include the history of latent print detection, forensic light sources and landmark cases.

Online Technology Transition Workshops by the National Forensic Science Technology Center

The aim of this series of workshops is to train users in emerging forensic technologies. Users may access several workshops in the general categories of biology, chemistry, DNA and pattern evidence. Workshops consist of an overview with learning outcomes, presentations and videos.

Trace Evidence Symposium 2011 by the National Institute of Justice and the FBI Laboratory Division

The material for this resource was presented at a 4-day seminar in Kansas City, MO. The material is divided into sessions, each with a short introduction of the topics covered. Some sessions have a text presentation in .pdf format and/or a video of the actual presentation. Topics include homemade explosives, soil analysis, natural fibers identification and instrumental analysis.

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