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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Forensic Science

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four or five years
Program load Full-time
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Our program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission recognizing that our curriculum, labs, faculty and research have met the rigorous standards set by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

General information

Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary area of science that involves the use of scientific principles to analyze evidence for legal investigations. Our program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) recognizing that our curriculum, labs, faculty and research have met the rigorous standards set by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

You will benefit from both a strong general scientific foundation and forensic courses. Students gain real-world experiences and unique hands-on training at the Crime Scene House, Forensic Ecology Research Facility and Forensic Teaching Laboratory.

At the end of first year, you will choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

Forensic Biology

Forensic biology spans a multitude of applications of biological evidence, such as blood and other body fluids, hairs, botanical remains, microbes and insects, to criminal, civil and regulatory law investigations and prosecutions. You will learn how forensic biology plays a crucial role in the justice system through courses such as Population Genetics and Forensic Biology.

Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry encompasses numerous disciplines including paint analysis, arson and fire debris investigations, explosives analysis, fibre and textile testing as well as the subdiscipline of toxicology, the study of drugs and poisons.You will further your skills in analytical instrumentation, the analysis of fire accelerants and toxicology through courses such as Instrumental Analytical Chemistry and Fire Investigation.

Forensic Physics

The discipline of forensic physics describes the application of the scientific study of matter, motion and energy to forensic investigations of many types, including ballistics, accident reconstruction, metal strength and damage analysis, and optical and acoustic analyses. Courses such as Electricity and Magnetism, and Forensic Physics will help you understand forensic materials analysis as well as the mechanics of bloodstain patterns and vehicle collision investigations.

Additional information

Forensic Science program website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four of MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary) 
Transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Criminalistics
  • Crime Scene Science
  • Fire Investigation (Forensic Chemistry specialization)
  • Advanced Forensic Biology (Forensic Biology specialization)
  • Forensic Drug Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Forensic Physics Applications (Forensic Physics specialization)
  • Mock Crime Scene Practicum

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Students in their graduating year will complete either an independent Thesis Research project, Directed Studies project, or Mock Crime Scenee Practicum.

The Thesis Research Project provides students with the opportunity, under the supervision of a faculty member or a forensic professional, to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout their program of study. Students will prepare a written and oral thesis defense that includes a literature review, methods, results and significance of the research.

The Directed Studies Project requires independent research of a current topic in a specialized area of forensic science, including, but not restricted to, biology, chemistry, anthropology and the application of science to law. Students select topics from current research literature and prepare a review and critical appraisal of underlying experimental principles.

The Mock Crime Scene Practicum will allow students to investigate a simulated major crime scene, synthesizing the knowledge they have gained throughout the forensic science program. They will participate in all aspects of a forensic science investigation, from crime scene to lab, culminating with expert witness testimony in a mock court setting.

Career opportunities

There are many opportunities for graduates holding an Honours undergraduate degree in Forensic Science, whether they choose to continue on to higher education or go directly into the workplace. Some options include:

  • Customs and immigration/document examination
  • Forensic scientist or technologist
  • Government or private research laboratory
  • Insurance and fraud investigation
  • Police services (after required training)
  • Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) (after required training)
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