The Basics

Forensic science is the process of using science to resolve legal issues. This is done by applying scientific principles to matters in which the law has become involved.

Fun Facts

  • Samples can include things like fingerprints, hair and gunshot residue
  • The famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes used forensic science as one of his methods for investigating crimes.
  • In the case of forensic entomology, scientists examine insects found in and around human remains to determine the time of death.