Honours Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
Forensic Science is the study of physical evidence in a modern legal context. It is best defined as "science in service to the courts."
There are many subfields of Forensic Science including Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Computer Science, Forensic Psychology, etc. The single, unifying paradigm of Forensic Science is the search for truth and the meaning of evidence in both criminal investigations and through courts of law.
U of T Mississauga's Forensic Science BSc program, the first of its kind in Canada, is designed to provide the student with an understanding of scientific analyses, theories, laboratory skills, applications, and field techniques - while allowing the student to emphasize one particular area in greater detail. This is accomplished through the requirement of a either a Forensic Science Major program - which must be pursued together with a second science major program in an approved area of study OR a Forensic Science Specialist program where students pursue one of the streams of specialization.
Entry into the Forensic Science programs is limited. Students are urged to read program information in this calendar very carefully.
ALL students contemplating Forensic Science as their intended area of study MUST first complete the required introductory university-level courses before they can apply to be considered for admission into the program.
The selection of the second science major is limited. While other majors must be approved by the FSC Faculty Advisor, the following are approved:
- Anthropology B.Sc. with emphasis on forensic and biological anthropology
- Biology with emphasis on forensic biology and molecular biology
- Chemistry with emphasis on forensic chemistry
- Computer Science with emphasis on forensic computer science
- Psychology with emphasis on forensic psychology
Each of these approved second science majors has basic departmental requirements that must be fulfilled (students must check individual departmental listings for specific second science major program requirements). In addition to these basic requirements, there are provisions for a number of options.
Students are strongly advised to consult with the Forensic Science program advisor who can provide recommended courses among these options to direct student preparation for a career in their chosen field of interest. Students are also advised to consult with the individual departmental faculty-student advisor for recommended guidelines for course selection within their second science major.
In addition to the Forensic Science (Double) Major program, the following Forensic Science Specialist programs are available for more directed study: Forensic Anthropology; Forensic Biology; Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Psychology.
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Last updated February 10, 2018