EXPLO Pre-College + Career | Wellesley College Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science
Together with local law enforcement, criminal psychologists, and forensic investigators, develop new leads on an actual cold case. Investigate theories of criminal behavior, sift through evidence from actual case files, and practice forensic techniques.
About this Concentration
Abductions, murders, and other high-profile crimes are a constant fixture in local news, often capturing national and worldwide attention. Armchair detectives, professional psychologists, and investigators alike attempt to answer the questions: Who did it? Why did they do it? And How? Every forensics case brings together a team of individuals each with a vital role in answering these questions. EXPLO CSI + Forensics students develop new leads on a real cold case. Together with local law enforcement, criminal psychologists, and forensic investigators, investigate theories of criminal behavior, sift through evidence from actual case files, practice forensic techniques, and identify solvability factors.
In EXPLO CSI, garner the unique opportunity to contribute to a real unsolved case and bring law enforcement closer to providing justice to the families of these victims.
College credit is available through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more.
Forensic Techniques Training with Dr. Henry C. Lee — Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science. He has consulted on over 8,000 criminal cases including the O.J. Simpson trial and JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. Dr. Lee’s training introduces some of the most cutting-edge forensics techniques and technology available. Get hands-on experience in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, latent fingerprint development, and DNA analysis.
- Crime Scene Investigation — Enter professional-level mock crime scenes in small teams and put their forensics investigation techniques to the test. Assess the scene, carefully collect physical evidence — such as placing evidence markers, using crime scene photography techniques, pulling latent fingerprints, and observing recognizable patterns of evidence — and document the chain of custody.
- Forensics Laboratory Techniques — Practice and study forensics lab techniques including blood movement and bullet trajectory analysis, fingerprint classification, collection of latent fingerprint and footprint impressions, and human bone identification and classification methods used in examining skeletal remains.
- Session 1: June 26 – July 8, 2022
- Session 3: July 24 – August 5, 2022
- EXPLO Pre-College + Career students are required to bring a laptop, computer, tablet, or Chromebook to the program. All devices must be able to access the Internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) Rentals are available after enrollment in the program. Please contact the Admission Team for more information.