In the dynamic field of forensic science, the only constant is change. The Forensic Science Bachelor of Technology program stands at the forefront of this evolution, preparing students to become leaders in a discipline that shapes the very fabric of justice.

Known for a comprehensive curriculum that blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on expertise, the program embarks on an exciting new phase by introducing two specialization streams to meet the ever-evolving demands of the forensic science landscape:

  • Forensic Laboratory
  • Professional Investigation

We caught up with faculty Jason Moore to get more insight into the change and the opportunities it creates for prospective students.

Can you tell us more about the change?

Jason: Historically, the Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Forensic Science has offered a robust foundation in the core aspects of forensic science, including advanced techniques for evidence identification, collection, and examination both on-site and in the lab.

Through a curriculum enriched by the expertise of seasoned professionals – from crime scene investigators to forensic scientists – students are well-equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the field.

The recent curriculum enhancement introduces two specialized streams, allowing students to tailor their educational journey to their career aspirations and interests. These specializations are designed to refine the students’ expertise in distinct areas of forensic science and broaden their career horizons.

What can students expect from the two streams?

  • Forensic Laboratory

If you opt for the Forensic Laboratory stream, you’ll dive deeply into laboratory methodologies, instrumental analysis, and the latest forensic technology to support criminal investigations.

This stream is ideal if you’re more inclined toward the scientific underpinnings of forensic evidence, such as DNA analysis, toxicology, drug analysis, and ballistic examinations. It leads to positions such as Forensic Laboratory Analyst/Technician, Crime Lab Analyst, Forensic Chemist/Biologist, and Firearms Examiner.

  • Professional Investigation

The Professional Investigation stream might appeal to you if you’re more interested in the investigative process, including collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and working closely with law enforcement to help solve crimes.

The stream is geared towards those with an eye for detail and a knack for solving puzzles. It emphasizes fieldwork and investigative techniques, leading to roles such as crime scene investigators, police officers, coroners service, private investigators, security consultants, or professional investigator positions within other government investigative agencies.

When do students choose their preferred stream?

You pick your stream when you apply. However, you can take a few credits from the other stream for more flexibility.

Why introduce these new streams?

The new streams were developed with input from the private/professional investigative industry, such as the PIABC (Professional Investigators’ Association of British Columbia).

Introducing these specializations not only allows students to tailor their education to their interests and career aspirations but also responds to the industry’s demand for professionals with more targeted expertise.