Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Detective work.(Youth Express)

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal Journal Photo Illustration

APS forensic science class lets students explore medical and crime topics

That kind of a science class has students visiting a cadaver lab, digging up skeletal remains, taking fingerprints and molding clay around a human skull to reconstruct a face?

If it sounds like no high school class in Albuquerque, guess again.

"Forensic Science" is an after-school offering at the Albuquerque Public Schools Career Enrichment Center.

Owen Weslowski, a Manzano High School senior who dreams of pursuing a career with the FBI, figures it is the perfect class to earn additional lab science credits before graduation.

"I loved the toxicology unit," he said. "It's so subtle."

The fast-paced and rigorous course explores medical and crime topics ranging from blood typing to the trajectory of bullets, and handwriting analysis to skeletal reconstruction.

"Over the course of the year, the students will be introduced to at least 50 careers they didn't know existed," said teacher Mark Walker, now in his second year of teaching the popular class. …

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