Forensics and Arts, Forensics and Science


Trent is the only university in Canada to offer students the chance to combine your study of forensics with one of several different academic disciplines. Choose a joint major in forensics
in combination with a vast array of complementary areas of study in either the arts or the sciences. Interested in a career in forensics specializing in ballistics? A joint degree with Physics could come in handy. Want to analyze the mental state of criminals, or become a criminal profiler? Combine your Forensics degree with a B.A. in Psychology. The emerging field of computer forensics means a joint major with Computing Systems can help you stand out from the crowd. No matter what your forensic career ambitions are, you have plenty of options at Trent.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)
  • 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 subdiscipline of your choice, including Federal government internships with Border Services, RCMP, Health Canada, Food Inspection Services
  • Direct access to leading experts in DNA profiling, and forensics at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
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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
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Computer Crime and Forensics
  • Criminology in Forensics
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Toxicology
  • 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%
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