Crime Scene Investigators

Students in a Forensic Anthropology class at the University of Northern Colorado get a taste of what it's like to conduct a crime scene investigation, including finding a grave, unearthing a skeleton and analyzing it in a lab, and also learn that real life crime scenes differ from those portrayed by TV and Hollywood.

The course, taught by Assistant Professor Britney McIlvaine, includes a trip to the Poudre Learning Center east of Greeley where students unearth bones, carefully map and preserve everything, then transport the remains back to the lab.

There, they spend the rest of the term analyzing, labeling, dissecting and recording, all in preparation for a mock trial where the students defend their findings in a court setting.

The course is a huge hit with students, who value the chance to practice their skills before using them in the real world.