Forensic Science (HBSc)

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UTM hosts Canada’s premier Forensic Science degree program. Dive into the study of physical evidence in a modern legal context, best defined as “science in service to the courts.” The unifying paradigm of Forensic Science is the search for truth and the meaning of evidence in both criminal investigations and through courts of law.

Courses are taught by professionals who bring their own expertise and unique field experience into the classroom. Professor Tracy Rogers, Director of the program, was the lead Forensic Anthropologist at the Pickton pig farm in BC, arguably Canada’s largest crime scene. And as a result, many UTM Forensic Science students have helped her and her team recover materials at the infamous site.

Our courses also provide you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of Forensic Science in the classroom and then apply your knowledge to practical assignments, such as in the Forensic Identification Field School, using state-of-the-art technology and instruments.

"Some of my fondest memories in the forensic program were the opportunities to apply the practical skills we were taught during our courses. The mock crime scenes in Forensic Identification courses and the Forensic Anthropology Field School were unparalleled learning experiences where I not only gained confidence in my crime scene processing skills but was also challenged become a better communicator and collaborator. "
- Andrew Mazurek, HBSc, Forensic Anthropology and Biology

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TMK
Approximate Grade Range: Mid to high 70s (based on six Grade 12 "U" or "M" courses, including English (ENG4U) or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Forensic Anthropology

Bio

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Forensic Biology

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Forensic Chemistry

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Forensic Psychology

F, Bio

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Forensic Science

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor


Exciting Opportunities

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Crime Scene House

Investigate simulated crime scenes in a realistic setting. You’ll learn, through hands-on activities, how to preserve, document and process the scene using appropriate equipment and procedures.

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Faculty

Many of our instructors and professors are practicing forensic scientists who are able to bring both their expertise and courtroom experiences to the classroom.

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Field Schools

Through our two field schools, students experience the pressure of working in an intense environment while utilizing their critical thinking skills, and are also trained in equipment and software programs.


Courses You Would Love

Fingerprint

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation (FSC303H5)

This course is an introduction to forensic photography, crime scene processing, and forensic identification. Students learn about fingerprint identification, evidence, and more.

Skull

Forensic Anatomy (FSC316H5)

Learn about the role of the body in crime scene analysis, autopsy procedures such as fingerprinting and forensic imaging of the deceased, and address anatomical anomalies useful for purposes such as identification.

Biohazard

Forensic Toxicology (FSC402H5)

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3D Scale

Intro to 3D Crime Scene Mapping And Reconstruction (FSC406H5)

This course introduces students to both standard and innovative methods of documenting, mapping, analyzing, and visualizing/reconstructing a crime scene for investigative purposes.


Discover Your Potential

Nina Harnarine

Nina Harnarine, HBSc, Forensic Biology

Nina is a Forensic Document Examiner with Forensic Examiners Inc., examining and comparing writing, signatures, printing, and initials. In addition, she identifies mechanical impressions and instruments including typewriters, chequewriters, stamps, printers, photocopiers and fax machines. 

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Vivienne Luk

Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Forensic Chemistry

Dr. Luk, came to UTM from the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, where she worked as a Forensic Toxicologist. As a forensic toxicologist, she analyzed biological samples for the presence of drugs, alcohol and poisons and interpreted toxicological findings for the purposes of medical and legal investigations.

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Adrienne Chiang

Forensic science undergraduate puts new roadside drug test device through its paces

For decades police have had a roadside device to test potential drunk drivers, but until recently there have been no such devices for suspected drugged drivers. With the legalization of cannabis, the federal government, in the interest of public safety, approved such a device.

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Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

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On this edition of the View to the U podcast, Tracy Rogers, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, discusses her broad program of research that touches on several areas, including identifying skeletal remains, analyzing bone composition, and investigating skeletal health.

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Chart Legend: Bio = Biology
C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
/ = or
, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program