SHERMAN, TX-Austin College students went back to school early to take some off-beat courses for college credit as part of the university's "jan terms."
Victoria Maranan gives us a sneak peek in one of the classes.
More than 30 Austin College students got a first hand look at how investigators lift fingerprints from crime scenes in "The Science of Solving Crimes" class Thursday morning. One of them is chemistry major, Ashley Hellman.
"I really like it a lot so far, so I'm enjoying it. It's really interesting to see all of the things that I've heard about and that I know about and actually getting to put them to use and to try out the techniques," she said.
She said all students are required to take at least three "jan term" classes to graduate. This year, Austin College offers 65 classes on-campus and abroad. With topics ranging from everything from "Bad Movies" to "Food to Live or Die For," students are sure to find something to peak their interest.
Hellman said she saw chemistry come to life as she learned how to lift fingerprints off hard surfaces, using black powder, florescent dye and clear tape.
"It was kind of weird to see, because I'm used to seeing my fingerprints on my fingers but not on other surfaces. So it was kind of weird to see that was my fingerprint, so it was so cool," she said.
Austin College student,Travis McClinton just wanted to study something out of the ordinary.
"I've always been really interested in CSI and the TV shows and stuff like that. I just thought I can do something fun for three weeks," he said.
"Even though I know they're not completely accurate and everything, it's really cool to be able to say like 'I was doing the same things that they were doing on the show that I've seen and everything,'" said Hellman.
"It's been fun, interesting. We watched a CSI episode and you always watch a CSI episode and you're like "dang" you know? That stuff looks like it's really easy or really hard or something like that. Then you actually do it," said McClinton.
Sixty-five classes were offered during this Jan term, it wraps up January 24th.