How many students are accepted into the B.Sc.F.S. program?

  • We accept a limited number of first year students each year.  We also have a small number of spaces available for those eligible to transfer into the second year of the program.

Can I do a joint-degree instead of the B.Sc.F.S.? What degree will I graduate with?

  • Yes! In addition to our highly successful Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S.) degree, students can now complete a joint-major honours degree. Students would graduate with a joint B.Sc. or B.A. in Forensic Science + program of their choice (e.g. Chemistry, Sociology, etc.).

How do I know which courses I need to obtain a joint B.Sc. or B.A. in Foreniscs ?

  • For a joint B.Sc. or B.A. in Forensic Science you must complete at least 7 credits in Forensic Science. Students wanting to complete a B.Sc. must complete at least 14 science credits including one MATH credit. Full details are available on our program page. Please note: It is important to check with each individual department to ensure you meet all the necessary prerequisites and requirements for a joint degree.

Do all Forensic Science courses count as Science credits?

  • No. Only FRSC 1010H, FRSC 1011H, FRSC 2020H, FRSC 3000H, FRSC 3010H, FRSC 3100H, FRSC 4010Y, FRSC 4020D, FRSC 4570H, BIOL 4510 count as science credits. You may take a reading course - FRSC 3900H - as a science credit providing permission is granted by the Chair of the program.

I am a current B.Sc.F.S. student and want to change to the joint-degree. What do I need to do?

  • You must submit a change of major form to the Registrar's Office before priority registration opens for the Fall term. You can access this form via MyTrent.

Can students work towards their degree on a part-time basis?

  • Our B.Sc.F.S. is designed as a full-time on campus program only. It is possible to complete a joint degree on a part-time basis.

What are the admission requirements? How is my academic average calculated?

  • Applying to Trent University is easy! All the information you need is in one place - How Do I Apply?

Do I need to submit a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE)?

  • Effective for the 2009/2010 intake, applicants are no longer required to submit a PSE as part of the application process for the B.Sc.F.S. program.

I have already completed some university courses. Will I be able to receive credit for them?

  • Possibly. All transfer credits are assessed on an individual basis after you accept an offer of admission. Transfer credits are dependent on the course taken and the grades earned. There is a fee for the transfer credit assessment. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details.

If I am a current Trent University student, enrolled in a different program, how do I apply?

  • Please visit the Office of the Registrar in Blackburn Hall for full details.

If I am a current College or University student, how do I apply?

  • In order to be eligible, you must have successfully completed all the admission requirements. Full details are available here.

Are there scholarships available?

  • There are no scholarships available that are specific to Forensics.  However, students with incoming averages of 80% or better will automatically receive scholarships of $1,000.00 to $2,500.00.  There is a wide array of other scholarships and bursaries available.  Check the Financial Aid website, or contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.
  • If you have an admission average of 90% or higher, your first year of tuition at Trent is free!  For further information visit our Scholarships Website.

Will some of my classes be taught at Sir Sandford Fleming College?

  • All courses are taught at Trent University by Trent faculty and staff.

Do you have a graduate program in Forensic Science?

  • Not at this time.

I am thinking of purchasing a computer. For use in the curriculum, would you recommend a laptop or desktop, PC, Mac or Linux Computer?

  • You should choose a personal computer suitable to your own personal needs and lifestyle. No Forensic software will be required to be installed on your personal computer.

Upon graduating from this program, in which fields will graduates be eligible to work?

  • A degree in Forensic Science can be an important first step in developing a career in forensics.  Forensic professionals work with police forces, in private industry, in public and private laboratories, and for the Ministry of Natural Resources.  For sample job titles and fields of work, please visit our forensics careers document.
  • Our forensic science degree is also a good science degree and our graduates have been successful in many areas.
  • So far, there have been four graduating classes in the B.Sc.F.S. program.
  • B.Sc.F.S. graduates are currently employed in careers such as:
    • Victim Support Services
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Armed Forces
    • Parole Office
    • Pathologist Assistant
    • Police Officer
    • Medical Laboratory Technologist
    • Private Laboratory Technologist
    • Inspector
    • Document Analysis
    • Project Management
    • Research Technologist
    • Nursing
  • As well, graduates of the program have continued their education at a variety of institutions, including:
    • l’Universte’ de Lausanne, Switzerland
    • University of Strathclyde, Scotland
    • University of West Indies, Barbados
    • Sarah Lawrence College, New York State
    • University of Central Florida
    • Queen’s University, Kingston
    • University of Ottawa
    • Brock University
    • University of Windsor
    • Trent University
    • Western University
    • University of Toronto
    • UOIT
    • Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
    • Humber College in Toronto
    • Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Toronto
    • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto
    • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Program graduates are enrolled in or have completed Master’s or Doctoral Degrees in:
    • Environmental and Life Sciences
    • Pathology Assistant
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biotechnology
    • Pathology and Molecular Medicine
    • Genetic Counselling
    • Forensic Science
    • Criminology
    • Forensic Biochemistry
    • Applied Bioscience
    • Forensic Anthropology
  • Other program graduates are enrolled in or have completed programs of further education in:
    • Nursing
    • Funeral Services
    • Genetic Technology
    • Teacher’s College
    • Chiropractic
    • Medical Lab Technician
    • Naturopathy
    • Law
    • Medicine