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Honours B.Sc.F.S. in Forensic Science

Joint Major in Forensics

Masters in Science in Forensic Science


Honours B.Sc.F.S. in Forensic Science

Ready yourself for a career like no other

Trent’s Forensic Science professional degree program integrates the study of investigative practice and theory with both science and law. It provides students with access to an array of forensic practitioners who enrich their classes with the latest forensic theory and practice.

Year one introduces the basic concepts of forensics through a case-based course integrating the use of scientific evidence, critical argument, and reporting media. In year two, students learn forensic techniques and legal procedures. Year three introduces new forensic techniques, a crime scene investigation course, and begins in-depth study of forensic DNA techniques. Year four of the program provides an opportunity to become a researcher and a practitioner through independent study, thesis research, or a community-based research project. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S.).

Professional training in intriguing and exciting places

As a student in Trent’s B.Sc.F.S. program, you will gain real-world experience in your second year of study through a placement in the field. Since this program began as the first of its kind in 2004, students have held placements in Barbados, California, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and throughout Ontario. These have included work in police agencies, law firms, crown attorney’s offices, hospitals, forensic science labs, vet offices, fire investigations and forensic document analysis companies.

 


 

Joint Major in Forensics

A one-of-a-kind degree that sets you apart

Since September 2009, Trent has been the only university in Canada where you can combine your study of forensics with one of several different academic disciplines. Students can choose a joint major in forensics plus a complementary subject that leads them to an honours B.A. or B.Sc. degree. The possibilities are enormous: be it psychology, biology, computer sciences, chemistry, sociology, political studies, or physics, your combined forensics degree allows you to create a unique educational focus with an interdisciplinary knowledge base, strong understanding of world issues, and well-honed critical thinking and analytical skills.

Immerse yourself in courses like...

  • Forensic Entomology
  • Computer Crime and Forensics
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Processing
  • Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology
  • Biocrime and Bioterrorism
  • Forensic Physics

 


Masters in Science - Forensic Science

  Fall 2018 start - (Pending Ministry Approval)

 

Pending Ministry approval, the first Canadian Masters of Science in Forensic Science has been designed  for you to learn and implement best practices in forensic science.  You will be engaged for three semesters in 8 core courses and 2 electives; 5 courses per term, as outlined below. The electives are aligned to your intended area of study (such as electives in biology, chemistry, or environmental sciences).  In the third semester, you will complete an independent, hands-on forensic placement resulting in a research thesis at a recognized academic, private or public sector institution.

The M.Sc.F.S. program is a professional course-based program that will allow you to:

  • gain an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation
  • develop effective communication techniques to present technical scientific analysis to scientific, legal and non-scientific audiences. 

The 12 month curriculum was designed to align with the requirements of the American Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission’s (FEPAC) certification standards.  FEPAC accreditation is of significant benefit to international career choices requiring American accreditation. 

The proposed courses:


Semester 1: Communication Science and Forensic Reporting , Advanced Forensic DNA Typing, Research Design and Statistics in Forensic Science, Advanced Topics in Forensic Science, Elective 1

Semester 2: Complex Crime Scene Analysis, Presentation of Expert Evidence and the Courts, Advanced Forensic Toxicology, Leadership in Forensic Science, Elective 2

Semester 3: Forensic Placement

If approved, the anticipated launch date for the program will be  Fall 2018. Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university's own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.  For more information please contact forensicscience@trentu.ca.