The Bachelor of Science Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science is a joint program between the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) that combines the strengths of UBC and BCIT to provide students with an exceptional interdisciplinary educational experience in Biochemistry and Forensic Science.
With a primary focus on hands-on work in a laboratory setting, students hone important critical thinking and analytical skills. Students will conduct both academic and applied research, as well as forensic testing, and learn to communicate their results effectively. Graduates finish job-ready with the skills needed to become future leaders in the exciting forensic science and biochemistry industries.
About the program
- Four-year Bachelor of Science Combined Honours program
- Year 1 at UBC taking first-year science courses
- Years 2 to 4 at both UBC and BCIT
- Year 4 conduct a Biochemistry Honours Thesis or take an Advanced Biochemical Techniques course
- Co-op placement is optional and can help expand your learning with practical work experience
- A truly interdisciplinary program involving two specializations from two exceptional institutions.
- Produces job-ready graduates for the expanding global science and forensic science industries.
- Graduates are able to be productive immediately in the industry due to a combination of a strong science foundation and applied training in forensics.
- Industry-recognized, transferable credential to further study at the graduate level for those who wish to go further.
Why biochemistry and forensic science?
Forensic science is the application of a variety of different scientific disciplines to the law. As such, forensic scientists can specialize in a wide variety of forensic disciplines at various levels of government or within private organizations. Biochemists study chemical processes within living organisms and, like forensic science, biochemistry involves a variety of disciplines. For more information on the field of Biochemistry visit the UBC Biochemistry Department.
Graduates of this program will have the advantage of a solid science foundation and advanced training in forensic science (including a number of courses focused on forensic biology/DNA), biochemistry and molecular biology that can lead to multiple career paths.
What will I learn?
This collaborative degree incorporates a variety of teaching approaches, including case-based examples, group work, and problem-based learning focusing on real-life examples and challenges experienced by current forensic scientists. In addition, because a number of courses are either laboratory-based or have a laboratory component, students will gain valuable, hands-on experience and technical competence in biochemistry and forensic science.
Where will i learn?
The program is a unique joint degree in full partnership between BCIT and UBC. Students will be fully enrolled in both institutions and have full student access to each institute’s resources and facilities. Graduates can also attend convocation ceremonies at both institutions.
This joint Bachelor of Science combines the strengths of UBC and BCIT to provide students with an exceptional interdisciplinary educational experience in biochemistry and forensic science. The students’ educational experience will be enriched by engaging courses at both UBC and BCIT, an optional co-op experience, and the valuable experience gained during the Honours Thesis research course. The program aims to ensure that students develop lifelong learning skills to keep up-to-date with changing technologies and remain at the forefront of science. Graduates are equipped with job-ready skills to become the future leaders of the forensic science and biochemistry industries.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science, including the main principles, techniques, and latest developments.
- Perform with confidence a variety of laboratory procedures relevant to biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science including the ability to operate analytical instruments.
- Apply and maintain quality assurance processes and safety standards in a scientific laboratory.
- Design and conduct research independently and in a team environment.
- Communicate complex scientific information and evidentiary findings in oral and written formats for academic or legal purposes.
- Apply critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills to the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science.
- Demonstrate the communication and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in a team environment.
- Develop lifelong learning skills to keep up-to-date with changing technologies and remain at the forefront of science.
- Exemplify the highest ethical standards and professional principles.
Graduates of this program will have the advantage of a solid science foundation and advanced training in forensic science, forensic biology/DNA, biochemistry and molecular biology that will lead to multiple career paths:
- Government (federal, provincial, municipal) – graduates could work as civilians in government laboratories, in such positions as a forensic scientist, analyst, or technologist in the areas of forensic biology/DNA, evidence recovery, quality assurance, forensic chemistry, and toxicology, among others. Graduates could also work in other areas of life science, as a police officer, coroner, or crime scene investigator.
- Private laboratory – graduates could work in a private forensic laboratory either in Canada or internationally, as scientists or quality assurance personnel within a testing or calibration laboratory, or in other areas pertaining to the life sciences such as biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies.
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology related career paths. For more information see UBC’s Biochemistry department website for further details.
- Graduates of this program can continue on to graduate-level education in biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic science, or any other life science. Graduates can also apply to various professional schools: medicine (including forensic pathology), law, dentistry (including forensic odontology), pharmacy, medical laboratory sciences, public health, medical administration, journalism, or an MBA program.
Jason Moore, Program Coordinator
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