Forensic Biology

Unlike any other Forensics program in Canada, this new degree gives you all the advantages of a degree in Forensic Sciences, while differentiating yourself as an expert in biological forensics.

Analyzing blood or hair specimens at crime scenes; deciphering the cause of death of an individual based on human remains; and identifying illegal products from endangered species– just a few examples of the role forensic biologists play in the field of forensic science. Trent’s Forensics Biology degree gives you all the advantages of hands-on forensic 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.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.Sc. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • First-hand investigative work with bloodstain pattern analysis, fingerprinting, and evidence recovery in mock crime scenes at Trent’s on-campus Crime Scene House
  • Opportunities to research and work directly with scientists in the lab and professionals in the field
  • A third-year work placement in a sub-discipline of your choice, including Federal government internships with Border Services, RCMP, Health Canada, Food Inspection Services
  • Direct access to leading experts in DNA profiling, forensics and at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminalist
  • DNA Analyst
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Wildlife Forensic Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Medical Research Scientist

Popular Courses:

  • Biocrime and Bioterrorism
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Cell Biology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Human Osteology
  • Laboratory DNA Forensics
  • Non-Human DNA Forensics
  • Medical Entomology
  • Workplace Readiness and Professional Ethics
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • 75% overall average. SBI4U, SCH4U, and MHF4U or MCV4U are required. Admission average is calculated on required courses, including ENG4U, plus two next best 4U/M courses
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