Apr 02-May 18, 2018
Credit: 0 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $179.00
Instructor(s): Marcie Reuer

Course Description

This exciting general interest, non-credit course explores how crimes are solved using science. This course is hands-on and interactive, using real-life case studies, labs, virtual field trips as well as computer simulations. This course is action-packed and hands-on.

Participants will explore the fields of forensic entomology, autopsies, fur and fibre analysis, cyber evidence and fire science. Students will perform an entomological study, finger printing and fur and fibre analysis. Real life case studies will be used to investigate how law enforcement officers create evidence-based narratives to tell a story regarding the sequence of events of a crime.

    Fingerprints, Fur & Fibers, Fire Science, Forensic Entomology
  • Fingerprints/Fur/ Fibres/ Footprints/ Tire prints
  • Trace Evidence
  • Digital Dossier Cyber Forensics
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Fire Science
  • Writing Samples and Document Analysis
Students in the course will: • Learn the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science. • Learn forensic science field techniques. • Develop a keener sense of observation. • Critically analyze case studies and evidence to create theories regarding crimes.

Meeting Place and Times

Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 3 - 5 times per week and spend 5 - 7 hours per week while the course is in session to stay current and successfully complete this course.


Marcie Reuer, EdD. is a teacher and former principal who has spent 12 years teaching Kindergarten to graduate students, with a passion for science and technology. Her classrooms of all ages emphasize inquiry, lab experiences and field work in an effort to create meaningful learning for students. Marcie has taught in Canada, Australia and the United States. She currently teaches pre-service elementary educators and graduate students at Montana State University.

Target Audience

The target audience for this group is the general public, but may be of special interest for teachers. There will be a special discussion thread for teachers to learn how to use forensic science activities to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. There are no grades for this course, just written feedback from peers and the instructor.

Time Commitment:

5-7 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees


Required Books/Materials

  • Lab Supplies: insect net (optional), ink pad, various scrap fabric pieces, hair and fur, cornstarch, 1 roll of clear packing tape, tweezers, 1 box of Ziplock sandwich bags, Ebest 100X digital cell phone microscope- available on Amazon for around $14, digital thermometer, 5 different coloured pens, coffee filter, rubbing alcohol.

Participants should pick up lab supplies on their own.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact NTEN via email or call (800) 282-6062.

How to Register

Course is full. Wait list is available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at or (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll free).