Criminal & Forensic Science at UCLA

Explore the world of criminal and forensic science through detailed crime scene investigations and deep dive intriguing case studies where you will have the opportunity to work in teams to solve crimes using cutting edge scientific tools.

Criminal and Forensic Science program for teens in Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Designed to give students both theoretical and practical tools in the field of forensic science
Crime scene investigations and evidence, including fingerprints, trace (hair/fiber), blood spatter and DNA analysis
Using case studies, students will work in teams to solve crimes using newly acquired scientific and observational skills

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Session 1: June 26-July 8, 2022

Session 2: July 10-July 22, 2022


Los Angeles, CA


  • I learned a lot about law. Through this course, I have gained a lot of knowledge that has helped me understand the world better.

    Alexander P.

Course Overview

Forensics is a field focused on the scientific gathering and analysis of evidence that can ultimately be utilized in the legal field. Although there are many types of forensics (accounting, psychiatry), this course will concentrate on crime scene investigations and lab science. Whether students are curious about doing crime scene investigations or want to be a forensic pathologist, this course will help them sharpen their investigative and observational skills and review a range of scientific concepts.

Course Excursions and Speakers: Students will have the opportunity to visit a local crime lab and speak to both scientists and crime scene investigators.

Meet your instructor

Donna Thomas

Criminal & Forensic Science

Friction Ridge Comparison. She has worked in the forensic science discipline since 2007, performing latent print comparisons as well as processing crime scenes. She has been with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 35-plus years starting her career as a Sheriff’s Communication Operator and 911 Dispatcher.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Through crime scene investigations using evidence, including fingerprints, trace (hair/fiber), blood splatter and DNA analysis students will have the opportunity to put their newly acquired scientific and observational skills to the test. Collaborative projects such as working in teams solve crimes will also be explored.

Career Exploration

Forensic science is one of the most up and coming fields to explore. Crime scene examiners, medical examiners and lab technicians are just a few of the career options for those interested in Forensics. Students will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of the industry.

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