Prospective Students

Why choose UofT Mississauga for Forensic Science?

Courses are taught by professionals who bring their own expertise and unique field experience to the classroom. Our faculty consists of highly trained individuals; for example:

  • Dr. Tracy Rogers, Director of the Forensic Science Program, was the lead forensic anthropologist at the Pickton pig farm in BC, which is perhaps Canada's largest crime scene. Many UofT Mississauga forensic science students helped recover materials at that site. Dr. Rogers is also a forensic anthropology consultant for the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.
     
  • Dr. Dax Urbszat is a lecturer who teaches courses such as Psychology and Law, Forensic Psychology; and can also be found teaching the Introduction to Psychology course at both the downtown and Mississauga campuses. His research interests are in the areas of forensic psychology, including eyewitness line-ups, context bias in latent fingerprinting, the effect of autopsy photo evidence on juries, jury selection and challenge for cause. His other research interests are in the areas of personality and social psychology and he is also published in the area of abnormal psychology.
     
  • Det. Cst. Wade Knaap, a police officer with Toronto Police Services, Forensic Identification Unit, teaches courses in forensic identification.

For a full faculty list, please visit our Faculty & Staff pages to learn more.

Our array of courses provides students the opportunity to learn about all aspects of forensic science in the classroom and to apply their knowledge to practical assignments using state-of-the-art technology and instruments. See our full Course List for specific details.

As Canada's first Honours BSc program in Forensic Science, UofT Mississauga has developed well-established partnerships with organizations such as the Centre of Forensic Sciences, the Office of the Chief Coroner for the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, and numerous other police services and agencies worldwide. Visit our Parternerships & Affiliations to learn more. In their senior year, each student interns with a professional forensic practitioner at one of these agencies, whether local or international, to complete a major research project. Internships are guaranteed to all students enrolled in one of the Forensic Science Specialist programs. Learn more about research opportunities and internships at our Research page.

We offer Field School opportunities for practical, hands-on experience. The Forensic Anthropology Field School allows students to work in teams and to put themselves in the place of a forensic anthropologist where they learn to search and locate a "missing person" buried on campus, collect evidence, reconstruct the crime scene, and do a complete analysis of the victim. The Forensic Identification Field School allows students to experience practical exposure to field and laboratory methods related to evidence recognition, collection, and interpretation. Students work in teams put themselves in the place of a forensic identification specialist when they are called in to process the "crime scene" that has taken place in the Forensic Science Crime Scene House located on campus. They must collect, process, and analyze the various types of evidence found at the scene.

Lastly, there is a strong support environment for undergraduate students in the form of an Academic Society. The UTM Forensics Society (IVNVI) is an active society at the UTM campus that offers workshops on academic skills, program application information sessions, firearms licensing, and organizes trips to international forensic science conferences.


What High School Preparation is Needed?

Students need a total of six Grade 12U/M courses including Grade 12U English. This refers to courses from the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For more details, visit http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/admissions.action

Include the following for Forensic Anthropology:
Grade 12U Biology

Include the following for Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Science Major:
Grade 12U Biology
Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) (minimum grade of 70)
Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U) (minimum grade of 70)
Grade 12 Physics (SPH4U)
*Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) is highly recommended*

Include the following for the Forensic Psychology Specialist:
Completion of any Grade 12(4U) Mathematics or equivalent
Grade 12U Biology


What Courses Are Taken in First Year University?

For a complete list of all courses that need to be taken in order to fulfill degree requirements in four years, visit the Academic Calendar. For a complete list of all forensic science courses, see the Course List.

Forensic Science Major (courses must be taken in conjunction with the intended double major requirements; see below)

CHM110H5 - Chemical Principles I (SCI)
CHM120H5 - Chemical Principles II (SCI)
FSc239Y5 - Introduction to Forensic Science (SCI)
MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5 - Calculus (SCI) *choose one MAT course*
PHY136H5: Introductory Physics I (SCI)
PHY137H5: Introductory Physics II (SCI)

Anthropology Double Major:
ANT101H5 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)
ANT102H5 - Introduction to Socioculturaland Linguistic Anthropology (SSc)

Biology Double Major:
BIO152H5 - Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics (SCI)
BIO153H5 - Diversity of Organisms (SCI)

Chemistry Double Major:
None

Psychology Double Major:
PSY100Y5 - Introductory Psychology (SCI)

Forensic Anthropology Specialist

ANT101H5 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)
ANT102H5 - Introduction to Socioculturaland Linguistic Anthropology (SSc)
BIO152H5 - Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics (SCI)
BIO153H5 - Diversity of Organisms (SCI)
FSc239Y5 - Introduction to Forensic Science (SCI)

Forensic Biology Specialist

BIO152H5 - Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics (SCI)
BIO153H5 - Diversity of Organisms (SCI)
CHM110H5 - Chemical Principles I (SCI)
CHM120H5 - Chemical Principles II (SCI)
FSc239Y5 - Introduction to Forensic Science (SCI)
MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5 - Calculus (SCI) *choose one MAT course*
PHY136H5: Introductory Physics I (SCI)
PHY137H5: Introductory Physics II (SCI)

Forensic Chemistry Specialist

CHM110H5 - Chemical Principles I (SCI)
CHM120H5 - Chemical Principles II (SCI)
FSc239Y5 - Introduction to Forensic Science (SCI)
MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5 - Calculus (SCI) *choose one MAT course*
PHY136H5: Introductory Physics I (SCI)
PHY137H5: Introductory Physics II (SCI)

Forensic Psychology Specialist *8.0 credits are needed before applying to this program; students usually apply in their second year*

BIO152H5 - Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics (SCI)
BIO153H5 - Diversity of Organisms (SCI)
FSc239Y5 - Introduction to Forensic Science (SCI)
PSY100Y5 - Introductory Psychology (SCI)


After Graduation

The Forensic Science program is excellent preparation for graduate programs in Anthropology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Psychology, or Toxicology. In addition, several graduates enter professional programs each year (ie. medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy). Many graduates pursue careers in law enforcement (either as civilizans or sworn police officers). Others take positions in laboratories including the Centre of Forensic Sciences.

For more information, visit the Alumni page to get an idea of where our graduates are hired, what they are doing, and their achievements.