Forensic Science

Apply scientific principles and procedures to the law as we reveal the fascinating world of forensic science.

Overview

Gain a solid scientific education and demonstrate how scientific data is generated, analyzed, and interpreted as well as learn to recognize the limitations of scientific testing in order to interpret scientific data in an unbiased fashion.

Develop an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of forensic scientists in the Canadian system of criminal justice.

With formal educational partnerships with the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College, students receive equivalent crime scene instruction that police officers receive in Canada, a feature unique to this program.

Exclusively for forensic identification officers, we offer a three-year Bachelor in Forensic Identification degree (BFI) through the Centre of Continuing Education. We also have an extensive curriculum on Forensic Jurisprudence built into all our forensic degrees.

View a detailed Summary of the Honours Bachelor of Forensic Science Degree.

 

New Crime Scene Course for All Interested Students!

We have created a new crime scene investigation course that is open to any university-level student.  Police officers who do this work are called forensic identification officers. In response to many requests, we have now added a course that students can take that to learn about this fascinating area.

The course was developed by and will be taught by, Professor Richard Devine. He is a retired police officer who designed and supervised the crime scene investigation diploma officers must obtain from the Ontario Police College. 

Course Title: FOID 1006 - An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry and Crime Scene Investigation

NOTE: This is the only forensic identification course that is universally available. All the other courses in the program can only be taken by serving police officers, fire investigators or students in the Laurentian forensic science program.


Performance Statistics – Standard Entrance/Exit Examination

Update as of January, 2019

Academic Year % Passed - Entering Class (n) % Passed - Graduating Class
2010 8 (25) n/a
2011 18 (22) 92 (12)
2012 15 (39) 100 (10)
2013 10 (39) 93 (14)
2014 5 (44) 80 (10)
2015 30 (30) 87 (15)
2016 20 (30) 91 (22)
2017 19 (43) 94 (17)
2018 17 (34) 93 (28)

Key Features

Learn from distinguished faculty who are active practitioners in their respective fields and are sought for consultations on forensic cases.
Benefit from a new state of the art forensic teaching laboratory, crime scene apartment.
Practical labs include: DNA analysis, fingerprint enhancement and analysis, forensic entomology, forensic microclimatology, forensic botany, forensic soil analysis, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, hair and fibre analysis, forensic serology, forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, bloodstain pattern analysis, footwear impressions, firearms examination and ballistics, tool mark examination, as well as crime scene procedures and protocols

Career Opportunities

Forensic identification officer, forensic pathologist, forensic anthropologist, DNA scientist, police officer, forensic chemist, forensic odontologist, forensic psychologist, forensic scientist, laboratory technologist, forensic nursing, teacher, graduate studies, medicine, law.

Students interested in careers in forensic science should have a solid science background. Applicants for forensic science jobs are typically subjected to a criminal background check that is similar to that which law enforcement officers undergo as a condition of employment

Frédéric Rochon, Forensic Science

Welcoming, knowledgeable, and helpful - that's how I would describe Laurentian University's incredible teaching staff. It is my professors that provide me with the tools I need to succeed and the inspiration to do so. Of course, our beautiful campus and facilities, my favourites being the J.N. Desmarais Library and the Ben F. Avery Physical Education Centre, also contribute to the latter. As a bilingual student, I was able to personalize my academic path by taking classes both in English and in French. Accordingly, I plan to graduate with a solid scientific background and the ability to utilize my knowledge in both languages. I would also like to highlight the Work Study program, another great student opportunity. Working on campus has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, one that has provided me with a flexible schedule that is compatible with my scholastic commitments. Overall, I believe that Laurentian University is a truly vibrant, and tight-knit community, where educators, staff, and students foster an atmosphere of learning and conviviality.

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