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C10387v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (BForSc)
UAC code: 607020 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 092381J
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Forensic Science prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science. Students build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the enabling sciences, complemented by an in-depth understanding of forensic science in the context of their chosen discipline. Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills is a focus of the degree, with graduates in high demand from a diverse range of industries and organisations.

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of how forensic science can solve and prevent crime. This is a hands-on course using world-class facilities that are modelled on operational laboratories.

Students can choose from four majors: biology, chemistry, crime scene investigation, and digital forensics. The course is well-regarded with strong links to industries such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions, and government laboratories.

Students can combine this course with international studies (C10388), creative intelligence and innovation (C10389), or law (C10391).

Course aims

The course aims to produce professional forensic scientists with highly adaptable scientific skills, accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory and practice.

Career options

Career options include positions in the police service, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs, quarantine services, environmental protection agencies, pharmaceutical, chemical and analytical industries, DNA testing laboratories, medical diagnostic laboratories, hospitals or corporate multinationals providing forensic, medical or research services, digital forensic laboratories, scene of crime officers.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

2-unit mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of science.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Chemistry; Physics are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years, full time. Full-time attendance involves approximately 20–22 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points of study made up of 48 credit points of core subjects, a 72-credit-point major choice and 24 credit points of electives.

The Digital Forensics major is only offered for Autumn session entry.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM91180 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 48cp
CBK91225 Major choice 72cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
Total 144cp

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below.

Biology major, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains 6cp  
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91326 Analytical Biochemistry 6cp  
91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
Biology major, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65319 Biological Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp  
Chemistry major, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1 6cp  
65001 Medicinal Chemistry 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1 6cp  
65001 Medicinal Chemistry 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Chemistry major, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
CSI major, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65321 Homicide Investigation   6cp
65322 Major Scene Investigation   6cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65323 Advanced Imaging and Specialist Recovery   6cp
CSI major, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
65322 Major Scene Investigation   6cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains   6cp
65321 Homicide Investigation   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65317 Document Examination and Counterfeiting 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1 6cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65323 Advanced Imaging and Specialist Recovery   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
Digital Forensic major, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
31268 Web Systems   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
41092 Network Fundamentals   6cp
41900 Security Fundamentals   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
48730 Cyber Security   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65325 Digital Trace and Identity   6cp
Spring session
48436 Digital Forensics   6cp
65326 Digital and Cyber Crime   6cp
31275 Mobile Networking   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
31338 Network Servers 6cp  
41891 Cloud Computing Infrastructure 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65327 Web Monitoring and Investigations   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) (C09100) is available to eligible students from 2020 with an additional one year of full-time study.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Chemistry major are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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or +61 2 9514 1222
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