Forensic Science Double Major (ERMAJ0205)

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The Forensic Science Double Major gives you a taste of all forensics has to offer, with a focus on crime scene investigation- students graduating from this program are typically working towards jobs as:
  • police officer or special constable
  • detective
  • crime scene technician
  • RCMP officer
  • first responder
 
Our world famous Crime Scene Recreation House hosts crime scene simulations used for training students in investigation techniques, and we offer independent research opportunities to work with faculty members tailored to your own personal interests in criminal investigation and forensic science. Forensic Identification courses are taught by real officers, including retired Detective Contstable Wade Knaap, who was instrumental in the Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka cases of the early 1990s.
This Major Program can only be completed as part of a Double Major Honours BSc Degree, therefore, the Forensic Science Major requirements MUST be completed together with the second science major requirements (preapproved second science Majors are: Biology Major, Chemistry Major, Anthropology Major, Psychology Major).

FSC DOUBLE MAJOR DEGREE HIGHLIGHT: Advanced Forensic Identification
In fourth year, students will get to participate in FSC407, an intense, advanced level course that applies material covered in third year, and held on the UTM Campus over a 2-week period during the summer term, with weekly two hour labs in the fall. Students will experience practical exposure to field and laboratory methods related to evidence recognition, collection and interpretation. Emphasis is be placed on the types of evidence collected, processed, and analyzed by forensic identification specialists. General evidence and small object photography techniques are be an important component of the course. 


 

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL PREP IS NEEDED FOR THE FORENSIC SCIENCE DOUBLE MAJOR DEGREE?   

Students need six Grade 12U/M courses including:
  • Grade 12U Biology
  • Grade 12U Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Grade 12U Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
In addition to the above, Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) and Physics (SPH4U) are highly recommended  for student success. These courses refer to the Ontario high school curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For more details, visit the Admissions website:
http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/admissions.action  

 

WHAT DOES FIRST YEAR IN FORENSIC SCIENCE DOUBLE MAJOR LOOK LIKE?

In your first year, you will take the following courses:
• CHM110H5: Chemical Principles I
• CHM120H5: Chemical Principles II
• FSC239Y5: Introduction to Forensic Science
• MAT132H5: Mathematics I 
• MAT134H5: Mathematics II
• PHY136H5: Introductory Physics I
• PHY137H5: Introductory Physics II
Students must also must also complete the 1st year course requirements for the student’s intended Second Major Program (see below).
SECOND MAJOR OPTIONS: 1ST YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Students wanting Anthropology (BSc) as their Second Major should also include:
ANT101H5 Intro to Biological Anthropology & Archaeology
ANT102H5 Intro to Sociocultural & Linguistic Anthropology
Students wanting Biology as their Second Major should also include:
BIO152H5 Intro to Evolution & Evolutionary Genetics
BIO153H5 Diversity of Organisms
Students wanting Chemistry as their Second Major should also include:
BIO152H5 Intro to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics
BIO153H5 Diversity of Organisms (recommended)
Students wanting Psychology as their Second Major should also include:
PSY100Y5 Introductory Psychology
BIO152H5 Intro to Evolution & Evolutionary Genetics
BIO153H5 Diversity of Organisms

 

HOW DO I ADVANCE TO SECOND YEAR?

To advance to second year, students must meet the following first year requirements:
1. Completion of 4.0 credits; including 3.0 science credits.
2. Completion of CHM110H5, CHM120H5 each with a grade of 65% or higher.
3. Completion of FSC239Y5 with a grde of 70% or higher.
4. Completion of MAT132H5, MAT134H5.
5. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.7. The actual CGPA requirement in any particular year may exceed this value, in order to achieve a proper balance between enrolments and teaching resources.

At least 9.0 total forensic credits are required to graduate from this program.

 


Download the full Forensic Science Program Flyer below:

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