Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, published by Pearson, takes students beyond the headlines and popular conceptions to show them the logic and technological skills required for a successful forensics investigation.

  • Define the nature of physical evidence
  • Explore modern techniques’ limitations
  • Updated information on blood stain patterns, genotyping, and bite mark comparison

Criminalistics Career Technical Education Program with Digital Support

Reveal the essence of forensic science through lessons that are designed for clarity and comprehension.


Wide Subject Appeal

Criminalistics offers the kind of foundational depth needed to pursue further education and a career in the field. The course remains accessible enough it can still be taken as an elective.


Updated Information

The textbook covers advancements in technology and procedures that reflect what students will likely encounter while working in the forensic science field.


Flexible Testing Capabilities

Teachers can gauge their students’ progress and understanding with tests, including presets and customizable questions, available through the TestGen software.


Fact vs. Fiction

The popularity of forensics in TV shows, the news, and now podcasts draws many to the subject. Now discover how the profession works with logic and technology at the forefront of public response.

Criminal Justice CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Case File Boxes
  • PowerPoint® Presentations

Case File Boxes

  • Case File Boxes
    Case File Boxes throughout the text present brief, real-life case examples that are illustrative of the forensic science topics and techniques described in the chapters.

PowerPoint® Presentations

  • Online Slideshows
    Available through the online toolkit, the slideshows are grouped to accompany specific chapters in a way that allows teachers to show them in class or provide them as an online supplement.

Online Platform for your Forensic Science Career Technical Education Program

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Frequently asked questions about Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?
    • Introduction
    • The Crime Scene
    • Physical Evidence
    • Crime-Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    • Death Investigation
    • Fingerprints
    • Forensic Biometrics
    • The Microscope
    • Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions
    • Matter, Light, and Glass Examination
    • Hairs and Fibers
    • Drugs
    • Forensic Toxicology
    • Metals, Paint, and Soil
    • Forensic Serology
    • DNA: The Indispensable Forensic Science Tool
    • Forensic Aspects of Fire and Explosion Investigation
    • Document Examination
    • Computer Forensics
    • Mobile Device Forensics
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?

    Grades 9-12

  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This text is designed for introductory forensic science courses.

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