Forensic science, the application o science to legal matters,has always captivated individuals with an interest and aptitudeor investigation. Seen in popular culture through televisionshows such as
, it is easy to see how orensic science hascaptured the attention and interest o society.BCIT’s Centre or Forensic and Security Technology Studiesutilizes internationally recognized orensic experts to deliver ahighly relevant and realistic curriculum — the real
.The goal o the orensic science program is to provide a strongscientic approach to an applied discipline by exploring both thetheoretical and practical aspects involved with orensics. Thecurriculum covers key areas required by orensic investigators,including, but not limited to: Canadian legal aspects, evidenceand expert witness training, crime scene processing, casemanagement, death investigation, biological aspects (DNA,anthropology, entomology, odontology, etc.), chemical aspects(ngerprinting, rearms/toolmarks, photography/video/imaging,etc.), physical aspects, and a variety o elective topics.
Graduates rom the Forensic Science option may be employedin a range o investigative positions depending on the student’sacademic background, training and work experience. Places oemployment may include:Forensic laboratories
Law enorcement agencies
Public and private sector organizations with video securities
Forensic health science institutes
Job titles may include:Forensic identication specialist
Students in this study option can pursue either the AdvancedSpecialty Certicate or the Bachelor o Technology in ForensicInvestigation.
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The objective o the Advanced Specialty Certicate (ASC)is to provide individuals who already possess a bachelor’sdegree (or who may not wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree)to take a more condensed program while still enhancing theirtheoretical knowledge base and investigative capabilities inorensic investigations. Students gain a clear understandingo the scientic principles, procedures, technologies and thelegal ramications o an investigator’s work. Oten the coursescompleted within the ASC program can be used within theBachelor o Technology degree (upon a successul application tothe degree program).
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The Bachelor o Technology in Forensic Investigation programallows student to choose their desired area o study in whichto specialize. These options, along with a variety o electives,selected topics courses and a directed-studies graduationproject, provide students the fexibility needed to meet theireducational goals and personal interests.
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1. Core Courses 33.01.1 Liberal Studies 12.01.2 Applied Management 6.01.3 Legal Framework 7.01.4 Investigative Framework 8.02. Specialty Courses 18.03. Graduation Project/Internship 9.0
In addition, students must complete a minimum o threemonths relevant work experience prior to program completion.The work experience must be reviewed and approved by theprogram coordinator. Contact the program coordinator orurther details
Forensic investigation is a multidisciplinary proession. To refectthis, the Centre or Forensic and Security Technology Studieswelcomes applicants rom most academic areas. The Bacheloro Technology in Forensic Investigation oers the equivalent otwo years o upper-level coursework and, like others o its kindat BCIT, is a degree-completion program.Applicants are required to complete one o the optionsdescribed below prior to admission:1. A two-year diploma (minimum o 60 credits) or associateor bachelor’s degree rom a recognized post-secondaryinstitution; OR