Forensic Science

As a graduate of this advanced program, you’ll apply your skills to uncover evidence recovered at crime scenes, draw impartial conclusions based on physical evidence, and present and defend these findings using your foundational knowledge in science.

Beyond TV shows like NCIS or CSI, this highly-rewarding discipline integrates the study of science and law with investigative practice and theory. By studying Forensic Science at Trent, you’ll learn the foundational science of forensics through the study of anthropology, biology, and chemistry, along with uniquely specialized forensics courses. The B.Sc.F.S. degree emphasizes emerging developments in DNA forensic applications and crime scene investigation through courses in laboratory techniques and related case work.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.Sc.F.S.


  • 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
  • Hands-on internships with federal organizations including Border Services, RCMP, Communication Security, 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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"The crime scene house on campus allows you to process a crime scene like you would in real life."

Emilee Storfie

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminalist
  • Police Officer
  • DNA Analyst
  • Wildlife Forensic Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Medical Research Scientist
  • Document Analyst
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lawyer
  • Forensic Toxicologist

Popular Courses:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Laboratory DNA Forensics
  • Trends in Forensic Science
  • Biocrime and Bioterrorism
  • Basic Bloodstain Analyses
  • Computer Crime and Forensics
  • Criminology in Forensics
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Entomoloy
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Toxicology
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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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