Law & Policing

Bridge the gap between the scientific and the social, giving you the competitive edge to be both a practitioner and applicator of forensic science.

A specialization in Law & Policing provides you with a greater focus on the application of forensic scientific principles and techniques within the Canadian legal system, crime scenes, and policing. As a Forensics major with this one-of-a-kind specialization, you’ll be ideally suited to meet the changing demands of forensic investigation in the law enforcement community.

Add this specialization to any Forensics degree at Trent.

Bridge the gap between the scientific and the social, giving you the competitive edge to be both a practitioner and applicator of forensic science.


Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science or a joint-major Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science may graduate with a Specialization in Law & Policing if they have successfully completed the following 4.0 credits:

2.5 FRSC credits consisting of FRSC 2100H (Criminal Code), 2110H (Police Powers), 2750H (Computer Crime and Forensics), 3110H (Criminology in Forensics), and 4380H (Advanced Topics in Law and Policing).

1.5 credits from the following:

  • FRSC-BIOL 3000H: Laboratory DNA Forensics
  • FRSC 3111H: Non-Human DNA Forensics
  • FRSC 3800H: Forensic Toxicology
  • FRSC 4110H: Firearms and Ballistics
  • FRSC 4111H: Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • FRSC-PSYC 4320H: Forensic Psychology
  • FRSC-BIOL 4570H: Biocrime and Bioterrorism
  • ANTH-FRSC 3405H: Forensic Anthropology
  • BIOL-FRSC 3330H: Forensic Entomology
  • ERST 3250H: Introduction to Environmental Law
  • ERST 4250H: Environmental Law and Regulation
  • IDST-SOCI 3120H: Law, Rights and Development
  • IDST-SOCI 3121H: Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • INDG 3401H: Law and Indigenous Peoples: Foundations
  • INDG 3402H: Law and Indigenous Peoples: Litigating Aboriginal Rights
  • PHIL-POST 2150H: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL-POST 3140H: Justice and Rights
  • POST-CAST 3091H: Law and Constitutional Issues
  • POST-CAST 3092H: Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • PSYC 2300H: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3240H: Drugs and Behaviour
  • PSYC 3300H: Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4310H: Psychopathology
  • PSYC 4720H: Psychology of Evil
  • SOCI 2615H: Crime and Society
  • SOCI 4110H: Legal Research Methods
  • SOCI 4270H: Sociology of the Law
  • WMST-CAST-SOCI 3966H: Criminalizing and Punishing Women

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 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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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Document Analyst
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminalist

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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