Liberty debuts forensic sciences

January 21, 2014

By Nathan Dahm

Nathan Dahm Liberty High School

Nathan Dahm
Liberty High School

Lined with outlines of corpses, fingerprint classification charts and DNA posters, Room 128 is home to three sections of the new “Forensic Science” class at Liberty High School.

The class focuses on subjects including fingerprint analysis, toxicology, blood type and splatter patterns, and DNA investigation, and is a popular course elsewhere in the district. In its first year at Liberty, the class has drawn 93 students.

Science teacher Alisa Jeremica, who previously student-taught forensic science at Lakes High School, is teaching the class. She had asked for a forensics class after she began teaching at Liberty in 2007; approval from the Issaquah School District did not arrive until last May.

“Forensics is more of an application class than the other, more traditional sciences,” Jeremica said. “We learn one specific idea or technique from the different sciences, like biology, chemistry and physics, and then we apply that to some situation in order to solve a crime or process a certain kind of evidence.”

While it relies on concepts from biology, chemistry and physics, forensics serves as an alternative course.

“A student with a pretty string biology background, a basic understanding of chemistry and some math skills would be fine taking my class,” Jeremica said.

 

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