Principles of Crime Scene Investigation

Dates: July 17-21, 2023

Location: UF TREEO, 3900 SW 63rd Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

This in-person, interactive course has been designed to give students a hands-on approach regarding the basic concepts of forensic science and crime scene investigation and related examination of evidentiary items. Students will become familiar with the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science and several of the specializations within them and perform tasks pertaining to each specialization.

Course Objectives

  • Perform and explain crime scene security, approaching a scene, searches and documentation of evidence
  • Perform basic photography as it is related to crime scenes
  • Perform latent print recovery using different processing methodology and documentation
  • Perform tasks related to trace evidence identification and recovery
  • Perform biological examinations, including blood pattern analysis, alternative light source applications and chemical enhancement procedures
  • Perform the basic steps of forensic anthropology and archeological recovery
  • Perform basic concepts of DNA recovery, examination, and preservation
  • Perform concepts related to firearm examination including GSR testing, muzzle-to-target distance determinations, and other analyses
  • Analyze, process, and document a mock crime scene using the culmination of all methodologies and present evidentiary findings in a courtroom setting
  • Pass a test using the culmination of all forensic science disciplines presented


Katie Jones


Registration is online – It’s fast, safe and convenient. To register with your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, please visit our secure, online registration website.

  • If the course is not listed on the registration page, enrollment in the course is currently closed.

Registration Fee: $600

Getting Started

  • This course is held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily – make sure you plan travel time from your hotel accordingly!
  • Clothing: fieldwork clothes – closed toe shoes and long pants are required.
  • Lunch:
    • We will break for lunch daily around noon depending on the course schedule for that day. There are fast food options and a Publix nearby.
    • If you bring your own lunch, the TREEO center has a a microwave and refrigerator we are allowed to use. (please do not each the snacks in their kitchen – that is for UF TREEO staff ONLY!)
  • Camera: DSLR or phone camera
  • Computer: Bring any necessary cables for your computer or DSLR camera if you choose to bring it.


Lodging is the responsibility of each attendee.

  1. Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. A special rate of $108 per night (includes complimentary breakfast) has been arranged for course attendees. Reservation rates will be honored throughout the course dates. Please refer to Maples Center Forensics when making reservations. For reservations, call (352) 331-3336 (local). Reservations depend on availability—the sooner you can book, the better!
  2. Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, 1714 SW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32607. A special rate for the hotel is booked through the UF College of Medicine. When using our organization’s link, you can book your room under the corporate special rate code – N1364036. To make a reservation over the phone, please call the Sales Coordinator, Julia Andreeva at (352) 384-3412.
  3. University associates can book a Wyndham Hotel and receive a discount on their stay, as a result of a University of Florida contract with the Wyndham Hotel Group.  This contract provides reduced rates on rooms at 11 brands and nearly 7,000 participating hotels worldwide. As an associate of the University of Florida, you will receive a minimum of 10% off the “Best Available Rate” at participating locations every time you travel whether the travel is for business or pleasure. To make a reservation, call the member benefits hotline at 1 (800) 525-5501.  You will need to give the agent the information below at the time of booking to receive the discount.
    • University of Florida
    • Discount Account ID Number: 1000007780
    • Affiliate ID Number: 005140