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Forensic Science

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Forensic Science


The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S.) 

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S.) is a direct-entry professional degree program with a limited number of student places.This program integrates the study of science and law with investigative practice and theory. Students in Trent’s Forensic Science degree program learn the foundational science of forensics through the study of anthropology, biology, and chemistry. These foundational science courses complement the specialized forensics courses offered in the program. The degree particularly emphasizes emerging developments in DNA forensic applications and crime scene investigation through courses in laboratory techniques and related case work.

Joint Major in Forensics ( B.A. or B.Sc.) 

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.  Please see the undergraduate Academic Calendar for course components. 

The Masters of Science in Forensic Science (M.Sc.F.S.)

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.

You will gain an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation. You will 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. 

Below are the proposed courses:
Semester 1: Communication Science and Forensic Reporting , Advanced Forensic DNA Typing, Research Design and Statistics in Forensic Science, Presentation of Expert Evidence and the Courts, Elective 1.
Semester 2: Complex Crime Scene Analysis, Advanced Forensic Toxicology, Leadership in Forensic Science, Advanced Topics in Forensic Science, Elective 2.
Semester 3: Forensic Placement