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Forensic Science

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Admission Requirements & Program Highlights

In our Forensic Science programs, you’ll learn how to analyze evidence and solve crimes in the field. Topics include reporting and presenting forensic evidence in courts, aspects of law, criminality, judicial systems, and the importance of high ethical standards in forensic investigations. Concentrations in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Biology and Chemistry.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and MHF4U required. MCV4U recommended and SPH4U strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Advanced Functions required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors recommended and Grade 12 Physics strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Advanced Functions required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors recommended and Grade 12 Physics strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Chemistry. Calculus recommended and Physics strongly recommended. A minimum 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses.

70%

You’ll develop a background of forensic science with an interdisciplinary focus in the social sciences or humanities. It’s ideal if you’d like a career in the social sciences, law (with additional studies), policing (including pattern evidence forensics), or social justice.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, SBI4U and MHF4U.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Biology and Grade 12 Advanced Functions.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Biology and Grade 12 Advanced Functions.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Maths, Grade 12 Biology strongly recommended.

70%

Functional Knowledge

  • Appropriately handling, packaging, and recording relevant details of crime scene artifacts
  • Taking careful original measurements based on established practices and regulations
  • Operating advanced scientific laboratory equipment and instruments, implementing appropriate techniques for studying material evidence
  • Understanding chemical/molecular/biological properties in terms of their relevance to forensic science
  • Integrating the law and specific sciences with an emphasis on adhering to stringent ethical standards
  • Understanding legal structures and the organization of the criminal justice system from historical, sociological, and legal perspectives

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Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of recommended opportunities for students in this program. Below you'll find many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.

HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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Career Planning

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation. It is a fluid, dynamic, and continuous process, meaning you can move on or return to an earlier stage at any time. You can even work through simultaneous cycles, like one for your long-term dream job and another for a summer job.

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Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurriculum

Extracurriculum

Activities falling outside of the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics


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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Life After Graduation

Azin Bayan

“It wasn’t until she found the Forensic Sciences program at the University of Windsor that she realized there is a unique way to combine her love for biological and chemical sciences, with her passion for criminology and human psychology.”

Azin Bayan –
BFS (Honours) in Forensic Science with Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Specialization [2014]


Iain Macri

“My Forensic Science journey began with a strong interest in getting involved in Forensic Identification. It took a big turn in my fourth year as I did my practicum and thesis at Windsor Regional Hospital in Pathology. I was amazed and inspired by the career of a Pathologists’ Assistant. Shortly after graduating in 2010 with Honours - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, I was hired as a Pathologist’s Assistant at Windsor Regional Hospital.”

Iain Macri –
BFS (Honours) in Forensic Science with Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Specialization [2010]

Common Industries for Forensic Science Graduates

  • Academia: Diverse forensic fields, legal studies, and health sciences
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources, project management, data and fraud management
  • Corrections and psychological services
  • Education and counselling
  • Forensic sciences/evidence analysis
  • Government services
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Police services
  • Security agencies: Public and private
  • Social service and community agencies

Career Tracks*

  • Behaviour profiler
  • Border services officer
  • Case management officer
  • Consultant
  • Crime scene officer
  • Criminologist
  • Customs inspector
  • Database librarian
  • Detective
  • Doctor
  • Document specialist
  • Forensic biologist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Immigration services
  • Internet security analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lab technician
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Pathologist assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Professor
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Serologist
  • Surveillance specialist
  • Teacher
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* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

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