Forensic Science Option Part-time Bachelor of Technology 845bbtech

Investigate It

Note: New admission procedures effective November 15, 2013. Review the instructions carefully. View summary of the changes
Forensic Science

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.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

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

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Applicants are required to complete one of the options described below prior to admission:
    • 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.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF] (attachment letter to bring to Police department)

  • Pre-entry bridging courses as follows:
    • 3 credits in Chemistry
    • 3 credits in Biology

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

Apply to program

Candidates who wish to apply to the Forensic Investigation - Forensic Science Option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

January, April and September

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

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.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Core Courses
1.1 Liberal Studies (12.0 credits)
Credits
Mandatory courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

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
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
and
  FSCT 7110 Case Management for Major Crime Investigation 3.0
  or
  FSCT 7120 Project Management for Investigations 3.0
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
  FSCT 7001 Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures 2.5
  FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence 2.5
  FSCT 7005 Introducing Forensic Evidence at Trial 1.0
 
1.4 Investigative Framework: (8.0 credits) Credits
  FSCT 7230 Forensic Interviewing 1 2.0
  FSCT 7310 Crime Scene Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 7320 Introduction to Forensic Science 3.0
 
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.

Group A - Biological Aspects

  FSCT 8110 Human Remains Recovery 3.0
  FSCT 8120 Forensic Odontology 2.0
  FSCT 8130 Forensic Pathology 1.0
  FSCT 8140 Forensic Entomology 3.0
  FSCT 8150 Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Theory 3.0
  FSCT 8160 Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications 3.0
  FSCT 8170 Human Osteology 3.0
Group B - Chemical Aspects
  FSCT 8210 Explosive and Fire Accelerants 2.0
  FSCT 8220 Trace Chemical Evidence 2.0
  FSCT 8230 The Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol 3.0
  FSCT 8240 Forensic Toxicology 1 3.0
  FSCT 8250 Drug Analysis 3.0
Group C - Physical Aspects
  FSCT 8302 Advanced Digital Imaging Techniques 2.0
  FSCT 8303 Geographic Profiling 1 3.0
  FSCT 8304 Geographic Profiling 2 3.0
  FSCT 8310 Questioned Document Examination 3.0
  FSCT 8320 The Science of Fingerprints - Theory 3.0
  FSCT 8330 Principles and Methods of Firearms and Toolmark Examination 3.0
  FSCT 8340 Forensic Photography 3.0
  FSCT 8350 Forensic Video Technologies 3.0
  FSCT 8351 CCTV and Forensic Examination 3.0
  FSCT 8352 Forensic Video Examinations 3.0
  FSCT 8353 Forensic Video Analysis: Advanced Tools & Techniques 3.0
  FSCT 8354 Forensic Video Analysis: Photographic/Video Comparison 3.0
  FSCT 8360 Forensic Imaging Techniques 3.0
 
Electives: Credits
  FSCT 8010 Forensic Behavioural Science 3.0
  FSCT 8101 Forensic Anthropology 2: Urban Crime Scene 3.0
  FSCT 8102 Selected Topics in Forensic Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 8201 Environmental Forensic Investigations 2.0
  FSCT 8301 Forensic Art 1.0
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.
  FSCT 7910 Research Methodology and Measurement Models 3.0
  FSCT 8611 Graduation Project 1 3.0
  FSCT 8621 Graduation Project 2 4.0
  FSCT 8631 Graduation Project 3 2.0
 
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.
  FSCT 0000 Practicum Placement Course 0.0
 
Total Credits: 63.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

There are core subjects that are required, whether you are pursuing an Advanced Certificate or a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree, including:

  • Three legal framework courses
  • One or more courses to give you the investigative framework for your work
  • A number of elective courses to support your area of specialization and to provide a broader knowledge of applied management and/or investigative skills

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:

  • Several courses in liberal education, including critical reading/writing and ethics
  • Courses in applied management
  • More courses related to the investigative framework
  • More electives related to your career goals
  • A graduation project

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.

Program length

The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation must be completed within seven years from acceptance into the program.

Grading

Depending upon the learning outcomes of various courses, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Additional program options

Program location

Courses are held at the Burnaby campus, the Downtown Vancouver campus or delivered online.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Program structure

Components Credits
1. Core Courses 32.0
 
1.1 Liberal Studies 12.0
1.2 Applied Management 6.0
1.3 Legal Framework 6.0
1.4 Investigative Framework 8.0
 
2. Specialty Courses 19.0
3. Graduation Project/Internship 12.0
Total 63.0

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.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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:

  • Technologist, Analyst or Scientist (with an advanced degree(s)) in a Forensic Laboratory
  • Police Officer (i.e. Forensic Identification section)
  • Coroner

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.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

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.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Darryl Plecas - RCMP Research Chair, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCFV
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services

Contact Us

Dave McKay, Program Coordinator
604.432.8238

Questions or comments?

Please ensure you have reviewed the detailed information on this site, using the navigation to the right, before submitting the form below.

As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information, instead of sending the form:

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates, invitations to events, and information about BCIT and your program.

We promise not to spam you, we won’t share your personal information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.

How To Apply

Subscribe

Contact Us

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Search Programs