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Crime Scene Investigation

About Our Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Program

This introductory program is a CTE (Career Technical Education) learning pathway that supports career and college readiness. The course follows the Arizona Law and Public Safety curriculum and offers 1 vocational/art credit at most AZ colleges and universities in AZ.

The study of crime scene investigation involves forensic science subjects like fingerprinting, toxicology, trace evidence, death scene investigation and questioned documents. Students work in teams when learning to process “mock crime scenes.”

Student Acquired Skills

Students learn a variety of skills that benefit them in the long run: effective oral and written communication; quick thinking; ability to form solutions; problem solving; and the ability to lead others. Students learn how to work collaboratively – a skill necessary in both collegiate and professional environments – as well as technical and life skills:

  • Informed citizens – Constitutional Rights, Civil Rights
  • Parenting
  • Victim's Advocate
  • Public Servants
  • Communication
  • Judicial Access
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solver
  • Interviewing
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Observational Skills
  • Personal Security
  • Consumer Protection
  • Fire and Security Safety


Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation 1-2: Meets Vocational requirement at most AZ colleges/universities.

  • Grade levels: 10, 11, 12
  • Fee: $25 for year long course

Crime Scene Investigation Course Plan

Forensic Science/CSI 1-2

Grades 10, 11,12

Semester 1 - Students analyze and discuss the history of forensics and CSI. They establish teams and roles so that they may learn to work as a unit throughout the year on projects and when conducting labs and performance assessments. Students are introduced to the CSI process and are taught how the process operates so that they can successfully complete a practicum processing a “mock crime scene”. They spend hours and hours learning the steps, legal ramifications and reasoning for always being thorough and never cutting corners. Students learn about the many different areas of Forensic science and perform labs such as fingerprinting, drug testing, trace evidence collection, blood spatter, death scene investigation, autopsy, decomposition and question documents. Students may attend a field trip, as they arise, to support instruction. There are many professional guest speakers who work in the criminal justice system and or field of forensics. The course demands maturity, and a serious interest in CSI and the CJS. It is not an elective for anyone who is not a serious student, interested in CSI or has little respect for law enforcement.

Forensic Science/CSI 3-4

Grades 10,11,12

This college-curriculum course focuses on the Criminal Justice System - Policing, Adjudication and Corrections. Students analyze crime scene investigative procedures as they relate to our personal civil rights. The study of specialized governmental services, the functions and rules for criminal and civil court procedures, “mock trial”, sentencing guidelines, UCR/Victim’s Rights Survey Data and trends, forensic reporting, forensic analysis in coordination with private security and the correctional system, effective communication skills (expert testimony), occupational hazards, the mental and physical health of 1st responder, AZ penal codes; criminal intent, law enforcement duties and forensic steps and techniques in response to crime/arson/fire and explosion investigations.

Successful Career Pathways

  • Criminal Justice
  • Jury
  • Legal Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Court Officer
  • Expert Witness
  • Police Officer
  • Fire Fighter
  • Game & Fish Officer
  • Constable
  • City Inspector
  • Government Official
  • Victim's Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Crisis Intake/Responder
  • Federal Pathway (ATF)
  • State Employee
  • Legal Expert
  • Jury Profiler
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Policy Developer

Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO): Skills USA

Typical Week Case analysis, direct instruction, class discussion, Labs, Field trips, Expert Guest Speakers, Mock trial, Superior Court felony trial viewing, correctional system examination, Serial criminal case research, documentation, presentation, and “real time current events” examination and discussion.


Student Success