Forensic science, the application of science to legal matters, has always captivated individuals with an interest and aptitude for investigation. Seen in popular culture through television shows such as CSI, it is easy to see how forensic science has captured the attention and interest of society.
The goal of the forensic science program is to provide a strong scientific approach to an applied discipline by exploring both the theoretical and practical aspects involved with forensics. The curriculum covers key areas required by forensic investigators, including, but not limited to: Canadian legal aspects, evidence and expert witness training, crime scene processing, case management, death investigation, biological aspects (DNA, anthropology, entomology, odontology, etc.), chemical aspects (fingerprinting, firearms/toolmarks, photography/video/imaging, etc.), physical aspects, and a variety of elective topics.
Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.
This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.
This program has a two-step admission process:
Step 1: Pre-entry assessment
Applicants must have a pre-assessment with the program area to identify pre-entry courses. Please contact the Program Assistant to make arrangements.
You can apply if you have completed necessary pre-entry courses. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application.
Step 2: Entrance requirements
Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or
Option 2: A minimum of 60 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. BA, BSc, BComm, BASc, etc) or
Option 3: A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level) or
Option 4: Certification as a police constable AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution or
Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy*
* Applicants must contact the Program Assistant for particulars. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application. Processing times depend on individual assessment and could take up to 3 months to complete.
Candidates who wish to apply to the Forensic Investigation - Forensic Science Option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.
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January, April and September
Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.
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|1. Core Courses
1.1 Liberal Studies (12.0 credits)
|Mandatory courses: (6.0 credits)|
Critical Reading and Writing
Develops advanced skills in critical analysis, close reading and composition through lectures, discussion and group activities in which students analyze and evaluate materials from various disciplines. Readings might come from professional journals, reports, newspapers, magazines and literature. Multimedia such as video, music and the Internet may also be included. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
Elective courses: (6.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
|1.2 Applied Management (6.0 credits)||Credits|
Management Skills and Applications
The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication.
Case Management for Major Crime Investigation
This course is designed to provide the forensic investigator the concepts of case management and the application of case management methods in organizing investigative teams, planning investigative actions and analyzing evidence and intelligence. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Project Management for Investigations
There are two management concepts that when applied to any endeavor - including conducting complex criminal or civil investigations - historically tend to produce very successful outcomes. These concepts, using the strength of teams and project management, each have followers on an individual basis. The focus of this course will be to expose the student to both concepts to enable them to develop and experience an organized approach of any type of investigation. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
|NOTE: Whichever of FSCT 7110 and FSCT 7120 is not taken to fulfill the applied management requirement may be taken as an elective.|
|1.3 Legal Framework: (6.0 credits)||Credits|
Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures
The Canadian criminal justice system is an adversarial system which pits the accused person against the State. The adversarial process follows a well-defined series of procedural steps from initial complaint to verdict and sentencing. This course provides a detailed examination of the legal procedures that govern criminal proceedings in Canada including the tendering of evidence by both Crown and defence, with a particular emphasis on issues applicable to forensic investigators and technicians. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence
Forensic evidence is subject to all the general rules related to the admissibility of evidence in the criminal trial process and is also subject to certain unique rules of scrutiny. This course examines the fundamental laws of evidence within the adversarial process and provides a context for the expert in their role as witness. Prerequisites: FSCT 7001
Introducing Forensic Evidence at Trial
Through a practical exploration of the stages of a mock investigation and consequent trial, this course illuminates the vital role forensic evidence can play in criminal proceedings. The course will put particular emphasis on issues relating to the admissibility of forensic evidence and the evidentiary weight which results from the manner of identification, isolation, collection and analysis of such evidence. Each student will gather evidence, and generate notes and a written report relating to that evidence. Subsequently each student will undergo a simulated interview by Crown counsel followed by giving evidence relating to their role in the investigation at a mock trial. Prerequisites: FSCT 7001 and FSCT 7002
|1.4 Investigative Framework: (8.0 credits)||Credits|
Forensic Interviewing 1
The outcome of most investigations usually depends on the information supplied by victims, witnesses and suspects to an investigator. The amount and veracity of this information is of utmost importance. In this course, investigators learn methods and techniques available for interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects to obtain proper, informative and legal statements that will both aid in the investigation and be acceptable to the court. Prerequisites: 60% in FSCT 7002
Crime Scene Investigation
The course covers the major areas of crime scene examination, in order to give an in-depth understanding in theories of searching and in dealing with the entire range of physical evidence located during the various types of crime scene searches.
Introduction to Forensic Science
This course provides on overview of the fundamental principles of forensic science and its origins. Techniques and instrumentation employed by forensic experts and methodology used to maintain continuity and integrity of evidence are examined. The role of physical evidence in civil and criminal trials is also discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
|2. Specialty Courses: (19.0 credits)||Credits|
Students must complete a minimum of 12.0 credits from any one of Group A, B, or C. The remaining 7 credits may be taken from any of A, B, and C, and/or from the electives, for a total of 19.0 credits.
Human Remains Recovery
This course demonstrates principles of forensic archaeology and methodical scene examination, showing how these principles are used in the search, excavation and recovery of human remains. The theories and methodologies employed are explored during lectures as well as during the field component. During the field component of the course (3x 8 hour days), teams will learn to process a scene from start to finish, including: initial scene assessment, surface scatter search, mapping, measuring, recording, gridding, screening, excavation and recovery of the remains. The course will conclude with a de-briefing session. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
This course demonstrates the ways Forensic Odontology may assist in the resolution of criminal cases involving dental evidence. It provides an opportunity for technologists to learn the principles of handling dental evidence and the physical comparison and analysis of dental exhibits. A combination of lecture and laboratory format is used to demonstrate the various aspects of forensic dental science and to allow experience in using various materials to collect the physical, biological and photographic evidence used by the forensic odontologist. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
This course provides the basic legal and scientific factors relevant to forensic pathology. The medical examiner and coroner systems are examined. The course determination and the presentation of pathological findings as evidence in court. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic entomology is the study of insects associated with a human corpse, usually a homicide victim, to determine elapsed time since death. It can also be used to determine whether the body has been moved, disturbed after death, used drugs prior to death, etc. It is the most accurate and frequently the only method of determining elapsed time since death after 72 hours. The course provides the students with an overall understanding of entomology and its applications to criminal investigations, collecting insect evidence at a crime scene in a manner defensible in court, and the value of insect evidence and the results which can be expected from an entomologist. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Theory
This online course provides instruction in forensic biology with a focus on current short tandem repeat (STR) technologies. The design of the course follows the logical progression of a forensic DNA case by including instruction in: evidence gathering and preservation techniques, the identification of biological evidence including presumptive and confirmatory testing, the extraction, quantitation and PCR amplification analysis strategies for common types of biological evidence (bodily fluids, hard and soft tissues and "touch" DNA), and the interpretation methods utilized for single-source profiles, mixed profiles, parentage and kinship scenarios. Each module also includes practical interpretation exercises based on real case work scenarios in order to underpin the theoretical aspects of this applied forensic discipline. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications
With the advent of new molecular techniques, DNA is the material of choice for forensic analysis. The current technology of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) makes it possible to identify an individual with a high degree of accuracy. A series of lectures and laboratory exercises will show students the strength of this powerful technique and how it applies to law enforcement. Prerequisites: FSCT 8150
This course involves condensed, but comprehensive investigation of human skeletal anatomy. The emphasis is placed upon the practical identification of skeletal elements, and student participation in laboratory sessions is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
|Group B - Chemical Aspects|
Explosive and Fire Accelerants
The course involves the application of forensic science to the investigation of fires and explosions. It covers the legal framework which governs fire and explosion investigations and encompasses best practices for crime scene investigation for pertinent physical evidence, and its subsequent seizure and transportation to a forensic laboratory. Essential precautions against contamination of evidence are emphasised. Laboratory procedures are described. Case studies and demonstrations of typical physical evidence are used to illustrate the criteria for handling and examination of exhibits, and for selection and application of analytical instruments. The essence of forensic science examinations is the determination of the significance of analytical results, so this aspect of forensic reports and expert testimony is covered in depth, and students are taught best practices throughout. Problems which have arisen in casework from less than optimal practices are described, and the necessity for documentation of all steps in investigations of fires and explosions is strongly emphasized and illustrated. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Trace Chemical Evidence
This course covers the role of the forensic laboratory in the investigation of fibres (which includes textiles and cordages) and glass involved in cases such as break and enter and theft, hit and run, assault, sexual assault, attempted murder and murder; paint that involves vehicles; and other less common types of chemical trace evidence. The forensic chemist's role in discussion of the potential and the proper handling of exhibit materials, laboratory examination and analysis, identification and interpretation of results, and understanding of laboratory reports for investigation and court purposes. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
The Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol
This course examines the pharmacological and physiological effects of alcohol consumption on the human body. The theoretical basis and practical applications of various technologies, both laboratory based and field use based, that are currently utilized to determine blood alcohol concentration in the body will be thoroughly reviewed. Students will be given practical training in the usage of Approved Screening Devices and Evidentiary Breath Testing Instruments. Actual application and interpretation of the obtained blood alcohol concentrations results within a courtroom setting will also be discussed and further reinforced by use of sample case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Toxicology 1
This course serves as an introduction to the analytical techniques, scientific instruments and common drugs that are encountered by a practicing forensic toxicologist. Other topics that are explored include quality assurance in the lab, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of drugs, impairment versus intoxication and how the interpretation of drug effect is utilized in the criminal court setting. The Science of Marijuana, along with some other interesting new drugs, will also be discussed. Directed reading, practical assignments and participatory discussions will introduce you to the science of forensic toxicology. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
This laboratory course introduces the chemistry and analytical requirements for the testing of illicit and controlled drugs. The student will conduct experiments in the characterization of drugs in typical street form including cannabis, cocaine and crack, heroin, designer drugs and hallucinogens and others. The student will learn how to use various chemical tests, isolation and purification techniques, chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques and will also conduct experiments in drug synthesis. Other experiments will include topics related to clandestine laboratories and toxicological screening in body fluids.
|Group C - Physical Aspects|
Advanced Digital Imaging Techniques
This course provides the students with advanced forensic digital imaging concepts, imaging handling policies and procedures for the purposes of preserving and maintaining the chain of custody during the investigative process. Various techniques of image enhancement, video surveillance, multiple snapshots for comparison and image formatting for internet and intranet communication are covered. Prerequisites: 60% in FSCT 8360
Geographic Profiling 1
The course introduces the students to the theory, methodology and mathematical concepts in support of geographic profiling. Crime pattern theory, mental maps, crime hunting area concepts and supporting technology are also covered.
Geographic Profiling 2
This course builds on FSCT 8303 Geographic Profiling 1. This is a computer lab based course that focuses on using geographic profiling techniques applied to actual cases in property crime investigation. Emphasis is on analysis, jeopardy surface, peak geoprofile, scenario and strategy development and final report preparation. Prerequisites: 60% in FSCT 8303
Questioned Document Examination
This course details the requirements needed to perform a handwriting/hand printing examination and to assist investigators with the collection of handwriting evidence. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
The Science of Fingerprints - Theory
This course covers the history of fingerprints as it relates to individualization; friction skin development; how to obtain a proper set of known fingerprint impressions; the Henry Classification System and the Auto-Class Classification System; fingerprint individualization with emphasis on Ridgeology; palm print individualization including the use of palmar flexion creases; procedures utilized in crime scene examination and recovery of fingerprints; chemical techniques for fingerprint detection; the Identification of Criminals Act; and the expert witness in the Canadian Court System. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Principles and Methods of Firearms and Toolmark Examination
This course covers firearms and ammunition, serial number restoration, physical matching and comparison, range determination, gunshot wounds and exhibit handling. Emphasis is placed on firearm and tool mark identification to increase understanding of the uniqueness of tool marks as an aid in investigating and solving crimes. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
The multi-faceted field of Forensic Photography is used in diverse disciplines as Forensic Odontology, Dactyloscopy, Document Examination, Forensic Pathology and Forensic Tool Mark Examination. Forensic photography's role as well as its limitations are emphasized in this course. Students will be thoroughly immersed in the theory of photography, providing them with an understanding of the techniques which will be used in the practical exercise. Topics include crime scene photography, alternate light source photography, unltraviolet and infrared photography, photomicrography, macro photography, theory of light and photographic evidence in the courtroom. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Video Technologies
This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the uses and evidentiary value of both digital and analogue video. It analyzes the proliferation of video cameras in today's society and demonstrates to investigators how they can take advantage of this accurate and powerful source of evidence. Through site surveys, students will gain an increased awareness and understanding of the use of video surveillance technologies and techniques. Students interpret recent Supreme Court decisions. Investigators are challenged to look for video at every crime scene; learn how to use it, and how to apply proper rules of evidence in order to protect it for court. Students are shown how to optimize a video surveillance system so the full evidentiary potential is obtained. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
CCTV and Forensic Examination
This hands-on course provides the students with a thorough understanding of the latest in CCTV technology and system design. Using the latest in digital video forensic tools, students will learn techniques on how to extract, interpret, and clarify video evidence from both digital and analog CCTV sources for investigative purposes. A thorough understanding of the many different types of CCTV technology and systems being employed in today’s security environment will be explored. Students will evaluate the capabilities and limitations of CCTV recorded information for the purpose of forensic video examination and analysis.
Forensic Video Examinations
This course provides the students the understanding of the problems faces by Law Enforcement Professionals with video evidence and addresses how Avid Xpress DV can address these problems. From the receipt of the evidence to the results of the examination, students will gain hands-on experience as a Forensic Video Examiner. Prerequisite: FSCT 8351 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency.
Forensic Video Analysis: Advanced Tools & Techniques
This course provides the students a review of the latest trends and technologies in CCTV security and forensic video examinations. Students will complete an in-class forensic video examination project using Avid Xpress DV video processing techniques. Prerequisite: FSCT 8352 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency.
Forensic Video Analysis: Photographic/Video Comparison
Focuses on the technologies of comparing questioned and known objects, clothing and humans with videotaped images. The process of cataloguing class characteristics and unique characteristics in evidence will be examined. Using specialized computer software systems in a forensic lab environment, students develop a scientific work flow involving the analysis of video evidence, criminal case report writing and courtroom presentation. Prerequisites: FSCT 8350 or FSCT 8351 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency.
Forensic Imaging Techniques
This five-day hands-on workshop will introduce the user to the key features of Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Bridge for use in a law enforcement setting. This will include setting up a valid forensic workflow, utilizing best practices, testimony issues, and using Photoshop and Bridge for basic image adjustments as well as for clarification and analysis of fingerprints, questioned documents, footwear and tool marks, video and the preparation of courtroom presentations. Through a series of lectures and computer lab sessions, students will learn about relevant court issues, best practices for a forensic workflow, and valid forensic procedures for using Adobe Photoshop in the forensic environment. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Behavioural Science
This course provides an introduction to the assessment of risk for sexually deviant and violent behaviour. Participants learn about factors which are correlated to prediction of violent behaviour in people. The discussion of psychopathy, mental illness, personality disorders, deviance, and substance abuse takes place in the context of the behavioural science approach to police investigation. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Forensic Anthropology 2: Urban Crime Scene
This course is designed to meet the needs of crime scene examiners working in primarily urban settings. This course covers a variety of types of scenes encountered by urban investigators and includes a considerable emphasis on examining a variety of fire scenes for physical evidence. Participants in this course become part of small crime scene teams with others on several problem-based scenarios. This course heavily emphasizes hands-on practice. Most of the class time is spent in the field. Prerequisites: 60% in FSCT 8110
Selected Topics in Forensic Investigation
This course is designed for persons interested in death scene investigations. Participants will learn about the identification and appearance of corpses in violent and natural death. Relationship to the scene of death is emphasised, as are features of wounds on external examination. Some of the material on external examination will apply to the living. (e.g., assault victims). This course outlines the interdisciplinary approach to death investigation by highlighting the roles of the coroner (medical examiner), pathologist and forensic scientists. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Environmental Forensic Investigations
Environmental Forensics involves systematic examinations of environmental information to determine sources of chemical contamination, timing of releases to the environment, spatial distribution of contamination, cost recovery actions, liability claims, and potentially responsible parties to allocate remedial costs. Environmental Forensics developed approximately twenty years ago as a result of an effort to distinguish different petroleum hydrocarbon products in the environment. During the past five to ten years, environmental forensic investigations have evolved beyond analyses of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents and environmental fate and transport modelling, to include a wide range of scientific investigative tools and techniques. The techniques are applicable to any contaminant source, i.e. inorganic, organic, metals, surface or subsurface water based contamination, etc. Prerequisites: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
This course introduces the various types of forensic art and applicability in a criminal investigation. Topics include: use of composite drawings of suspects; post-mortem drawings of deceased persons for identification; use of computers doing image modification (altering photos to provide a better image) and age-enhancement. Various forms of facial reconstruction of skeletal remains are also demonstrated. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
|NOTE: Whichever of FSCT 7110 and FSCT 7120 is not taken to fulfill the applied management requirement may be taken as an elective.|
|3. Graduation Project/Internship (12.0 credits)||Credits|
|In order to graduate, all students are required to complete a graduation project comprised of four capstone courses.|
Research Methodology and Measurement Models
This course is intended to develop the student’s advanced research and analytical skills. It will focus on the theory of inquiry, the logic, reality, and structure of investigative enquiry, as well as data analysis, methodologies of measurement models and reporting of results. Emphasis will be placed on data gathering and statistical techniques. The student will be introduced to multivariate statistical analysis techniques, using SPSS for application in the law enforcement and forensics fields. Various models of measurement, including quantitative, qualitative and data mining techniques with hands on data sets will be covered. Groups will be required to prepare a mini research project using all the statistical applications covered in class.
Graduation Project 1
Under the supervision of the graduation project research methodologist, faculty mentor(s) and industry subject matter expert, the student will build upon the project concept initiated in FSCT7910 and complete a theoretical or applied independent research proposal. The course will focus on research themes relevant to the student’s chosen areas of specialty in forensic investigation. He/She will conduct a comprehensive literature review, prepare a research design and protocol, validate the measurement model(s), conduct reliability and validity studies, and undertake a pilot study to ensure measurement instrument reliability. The research proposal should be innovative, experimental or explanatory in nature to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills. It should be comprehensive, covering all the operational aspects of the project and the measurement instrument to be employed. The research models employed and the research protocol followed will be well articulated and defined. The student is expected to attend the three in-class sessions and participate fully. This course will be focusing on building a foundation that leads to FSCT8621, Graduation Project 2. Prerequisite: Completion of FSCT 7910, all framework courses and all specialty courses or permission of program coordinator.
Graduation Project 2
In this second of three capstone graduation courses, and under the supervision of the course instructor, the student must complete the data collection and analysis as specified in the graduation project proposal developed in FSCT8611. The student will apply the chosen research methodology and collect the requisite data needed to answer the research questions of interest. At defined intervals, the student must present his/her progress orally to the class and in writing to the course instructor. The student must complete this phase of the project to a satisfactory level, as determined by the course instructor, program coordinator and subject matte expert (where applicable) before registering for the third and final course, FSCT8631. Prerequisites: FSCT 8611
Graduation Project 3
The student will conclude the project proposed and conducted in FSCT8611 and FSCT8621 respectively. The student is required to prepare a formal research paper (akin to a scientific publication), submit a research poster and present the final research report to fellow students, faculty and industry guests at the yearly the Research Day. The poster and the presentation are expected to clearly highlight the research questions posed, the model of measurement utilized, data analysis and key research findings. Prerequisites: FSCT 8621
|4. Practicum Placement||Credits|
|Students will be placed in a relevant work place setting (paid or unpaid) in order to build hours towards the required 3 months of experience for graduation. A dedicated placement coordinator with contacts to industry will work with each student.|
Practicum Placement Course
The required work period can be in a paid job, either temporary or permanent, in which students do productive work that is directly related to the core competencies of their chosen option within the B.Tech. degree in Forensic Investigation. An unpaid position may also be acceptable for a work period. Regardless, positions must clearly demand the application, at a professional level, of the core competencies of the B.Tech. program, and it is expected that such positions will involve regularly-scheduled work hours. The intent of the work period is to provide experiential learning for the purpose of complementing and supplementing the various theories and topics covered throughout the course of studies. The student will apply forensic skills, knowledge, and ability in a forensics-related area. A final work-period report will be submitted. Performance during the work period will be graded as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U), according to BCIT Policy 5004 (Student Regulations Policy). NOTES: Students will not be allowed to apply work performed as part of their required work period towards their "capstone" graduation project. However, once the required hours have been reached and upon mutual agreement between all parties, the student may continue in the same organization to complete an appropriate graduation research project. Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses in the Liberal Studies, Legal Framework, Applied Management, Investigative Framework and Specialty areas of the degree program or by approval of the program coordinator.
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There are core subjects that are required, whether you are pursuing an Advanced Certificate or a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree, including:
A total of 24 credits must be completed to achieve an Advanced Certificate in Forensic Science Technology (Forensic Science Studies). Contact Dave McKay, Program Coordinator, at 604.432.8238 for the Advanced Certificate program matrix or for further information on this course of study.
If you are pursuing a BTech in Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Studies), you will also complete:
A total of 60 credits are required to achieve this degree.
You will be learning state-of-the art techniques using current technology and tools. Most courses involve in-class lecture and may also include laboratory instruction as well. Working on case studies and projects will enhance your classroom learning, which is designed to give you the theory and knowledge that you will need on the job.
Several courses in the Forensic Science studies involve simulated crime scenes where you will apply what you’ve learned in how to properly collect evidence. You will gain hands-on experience in video and imaging courses using the individual workstations which are built upon the Avid Xpress Pro platform, which is the industry standard editing toolset complete with forensic filters developed by Ocean Systems.
As this program is geared to working professionals, courses are generally offered in the evenings and on weekends and occasionally in week-long daytime format. A few courses are available online.
The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation must be completed within seven years from acceptance into the program.
Depending upon the learning outcomes of various courses, students will be graded on a combination of the following:
Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.
Courses are held at the Burnaby campus, the Downtown Vancouver campus or delivered online.
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|1. Core Courses||32.0|
|2. Specialty Courses||19.0|
|3. Graduation Project/Internship||12.0|
In addition, students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to program completion. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the Program Coordinator. Contact the Program Coordinator for further details.
Graduates from the Forensic Science option may be employed in a range of investigative positions, depending on the student's academic background and work experience. This may include:
A credential - a degree or certificate – in Forensic Studies will be a good supplement to your existing education. More importantly, it may open new doors for you; possibly put you in position for a promotion or allow you to transition into a new career area.
Perhaps you are a professional who utilizes forensic laboratory services and wish to have a greater understanding of the collection and analysis of evidence. Or you are in loss prevention or security management requiring skills to analyze analogue and digital security footage. You might even be a registered nurse seeking the forensic insights to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to investigate crime, violence and trauma. Whichever career path you're on, this program is for you.
Because our instructors are experts in the field, you will benefit from direct access to these professionals who know the job landscape, have good contacts, and can provide you with a realistic picture of related careers.
Potential employers include organizations such as federal and municipal law enforcement agencies, the RCMP Forensic Laboratory Services, the BC Coroner Service and a range of public and private sector organizations who utilize video/digital technology for security purposes.
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Students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to program completion. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the Program Coordinator. Contact the Program Coordinators for further details.
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