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.
Whether analyzing blood or hair specimens at crime scenes, deciphering the cause of death of an individual based on human remains, or identifying illegal products from endangered species, forensic biologists play an important role in the field of forensic science. Trent’s Forensics Biology degree gives you all the advantages of hands-on forensics studies, while developing your expertise as a biological scientist. Students of the Forensic Biology degree program receive a comprehensive biology education that includes the study of life — from the level of molecules and cells to populations and communities — applying this knowledge in the practical applications of crime scenes and criminal investigations.
Trent’s new B.Sc. in Forensic Chemistry offers a unique opportunity for students who have a particular interest in analytical chemistry and its applications in forensic investigation. In addition to the hands-on learning received in the fundamental forensic science course options, the Forensic Chemistry program gives you a comprehensive education in forensic chemical analysis, studying everything from biochemical and environmental chemistry to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
Since September 2009, Trent has offered a joint major in Forensics that 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 Specialization in Law & Policing requires a suite of courses deemed important for those interested in pursuing a career in enforcement or the law and an additional list of courses students can choose from based on their own interests within law and policing. You can add this specialization to any Forensics degree at Trent. Please check the requirements in the undergraduate calendar.