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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

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  • Forensic Science (BFS)
  • Forensics (BA)

Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Forensic Science is the degree for the 21st century and UWindsor’s program is ahead of its time. We’ll train you to investigate crimes ranging from homicide to abuse, and from fraud to hacking. We have the latest technology — biometrics with facial emotions, GSR, eye tracker, laser scanners for crime scene investigation, crime scene reconstruction, computerized fingerprint analysis, video spectral comparator for security document analysis, Medical Design studio for pathological investigations as well as sound analysis and identification. We supplement your classroom learning with outdoor and indoor mock crime scenes and labs. You’ll get training in scientific methodologies and from a variety of professionals, including academics, police officers and lawyers. The programs are very intensive and include placement opportunities at diverse organizations, in addition to a final year forensic research project.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Expert Witness in Forensic Science, Laboratory in Forensic Science, Forensic Identification, Analytical Chemistry, Cyber Ethics


Specialization Options: Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology


Career Tracks: Forensic biologist/chemist, surveillance specialist, lab technician, crime scene officer, pathology assistant

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and MHF4U. MCV4U is recommended and SPH4U is strongly recommended. A minimum 70% average of all required science and math courses is also required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Interested in crime scene investigation? We have a double major degree that allows you to combine forensic knowledge with a second major in fi elds such as psychology, criminology, social work, visual arts and many other combinations. You will learn about state-of-the-art forensic technologies, investigative methods and the criminal justice system. Your second major provides the fl exibility to tailor your degree to prepare you for your future career.


Sample Courses: History of Crime, Forensic Anthropology, Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Evidence Analysis, Expert Witness in Forensic Science, Forensic Serology and DNA Applications


Career Tracks: Crime scene officer, border services officer, behaviour profiler, Internet security analyst, forensic psychologist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U, SBI4U and MHF4U. MCV4U is strongly recommended. A minimum 70% average of all required science and math courses is also required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

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
  • Understanding chemical/molecular/biological properties in terms of their relevance to forensic science
  • Integrating legal considerations into specific scientific fields 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
  • Implementing appropriate techniques for studying material evidence
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]

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

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.


Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Diverse forensic fi elds, 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

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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, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

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-Curricular

Co-Curricular

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

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

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

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  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
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Why you should attend Open House

  • Attend program presentations
  • Visit the Student Services Fair
  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
  • See the campus including residence and our athletic facilities
  • Remember to sign-in for your chance to win free fall semester tuition!

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Ontario Universities Fair

September 27 - 29, 2019

If you’re thinking about applying to UWindsor, don’t miss OUF.

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