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Forensic Science

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia and the Forensics Science and Technology department at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) offer a four-year joint degree program that integrates academic study at both institutions. Enrolment is limited. Entry into the specialization is at the second-year level and requires completion of the first-year prerequisites listed below with at least the minimum admission average set by the UBC Faculty of Science for transfer into second year Honours specializations.

Students normally apply for this specialization through the UBC science online second year specialization selection process. Students transferring from other specializations, year levels, or other institutions should see a UBC biochemistry adviser. Applicants should also be aware that most careers in Forensic Science require criminal background checks.

The first year of the specialization is completed at UBC. Transfer students who have completed their first year at another institution may also apply to the program. All subsequent years will be taken at both UBC and BCIT, requiring students to commute between the two campuses (scheduling will reflect travel time). Students must meet the Faculty of Science requirement to continue in this Honours specialization (see Honours Specialization requirements).

Completion of the requirements for the entire four- year specialization earns a Bachelor of Science (Combined Honours) in Biochemistry and Forensic Science. The credential is awarded jointly by UBC and BCIT. Students who fail to maintain the Faculty of Science requirements for continuing in honours specializations, or who elect not to complete the joint program, but who wish to enrol in a different specialization within the Faculty of Science must apply to receive transfer credit for completed BCIT credits to have the BCIT credits counted towards a new specialization.

Combined Honours (3508): Biochemistry and Forensic Science

First Year
Communications Requirement 1 6
BIOL 121, 1402 5
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 1043 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1054 3
PHYS 101, 118, and 1195 7
Electives6 2
Total Credits 34
Second Year at UBC campus
BIOC 2037 3
BIOL 200 3
BIOL 2348 3
CHEM 2039 4
CHEM 213, 245 4
CHEM 211 4
STAT 200 3
Total Credits 24
Second Year at BCIT campus
FSCT 280, 290 9
Total Credits 9
Third Year at UBC campus
BIOC 3037 6
BIOC 301 3
BIOL 335 3
Electives6 3
Total Credits 15
Third year at BCIT campus
FSCT 380, 390 18
Total Credits 18
Fourth Year at UBC campus
BIOC 402, 410 6
ONE of BIOC 403, 440, 450, 460 3
BIOC research option10 6
Electives 3
Total Credits 18
Fourth Year at BCIT campus
FSCT 480, 490 14
Total Credits 14
Total Credits for Degree 132

1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement.
2 If students do not have Biology 11 or Biology 12, then they must also take BIOL 111 or BIOL 112, in addition to BIOL 121 and BIOL 140.
3 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in a later year by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in later years by 3 credits.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives in a later year by 1 credit.
5 Students lacking Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking any other 100-level PHYS course, using PHYS 100 as an elective. PHYS 117 is an acceptable substitute for PHYS 101. PHYS 108 & 109 are acceptable substitutes for PHYS 118 and 119. Students are encouraged to complete this specialization requirement in their first year.
6 Electives must be taken to ensure the Faculty of Science Arts Requirement is met. Note that any extra elective credit taken in the first, second or third years can be applied to later elective credit requirements. Note that students in honours specializations must complete a minimum of 30 credits in each Winter Session.
7 Students with a mark of 76% or higher in BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 may apply for admission to the biochemistry specializations and will be allowed to use these courses in place of BIOC 203. However, BIOC 203 is the preferred route into biochemistry specializations.
8 Students with a mark of 70% or higher in BIOL233 may use BIOL233 in place of BIOL234.
9 Students with CHEM 235 and a mark of 76% or higher in CHEM 233 may apply for admission to this specialization and will be allowed to use CHEM 233 and 235 in place of CHEM 203.
10 Students may choose from either a) BIOC 449 or b) BIOC420 and ONE of BIOC 403, 440, 450 or 460. Please note that BIOC 403, 440, 450 or 460 cannot be double counted. If a student uses one of these courses to complete their specialization requirements, they cannot use the same course to fulfill their biochemistry research option.

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