Forensic Science Degree

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Ever thought about becoming a crime scene investigator?

If you’re passionate about a broad range of scientific disciplines and have an interest in law and order, then a Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination) can prepare you for a number of different career paths. Graduates may go into the areas of crime scene investigation, forensic investigation, Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) and also find opportunities in related scientific disciplines.

CIT offers students world-class forensics facilities, including a purpose-built ‘crime house,’ where mock crime scenes challenge students to analyse everything from a simple break and enter to complex murders.

Students are given the opportunity to pursue higher research, with several past course participants submitting projects on emerging technologies such as synthetic DNA, enhanced detection methods of fire accelerants and the chemical persistence of nitrite ions in gunshot residue.

Forensic Science Degree

Course/s

Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation)
CRICOS: 067792J | National ID: CRS1200053

Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)

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Duration

TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 3 years

Intake

Semester 1 (February) 2018

Semester 1 (February) 2019

Campus

CIT Bruce

Tuition Fees

2017*: Semester 1 - $12,570 | Semester 2 - $12,570
2018*: Semester 1 - $12,950 | Semester 2 - $12,950
2019*: Semester 1 - $13,300 | Semester 2 - $13,300

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

Overview

CIT’s Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation) program provides graduates with the scientific knowledge and practical skills required to collect, analyse and interpret forensic evidence and to present that evidence in a court of law. The course has been developed with assistance provided by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences, the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, the Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales Police Force. It focuses on providing skills and knowledge in many areas of forensic science with particular emphasis on the forensic field sciences such as volume and major crime, fingerprint detection and enhancement, blood pattern analysis and fire investigation. Students will also undertake research with an industry supervisor in their final year.

CIT is one of Australia’s pioneers and current leaders in the field of forensic science education. We educate crime scene examiners from every Australian state and territory police force and police forensic scientists from around the world, through the National Centre for Forensic Studies – our partnership with the Australian Federal Police and the University of Canberra. Students also develop confidence in using English through experiencing the Australian culture.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent with passes in tertiary level science, mathematics and English, OR Adult Entry with demonstrated ability to complete study at tertiary level OR have completed the CIT Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques OR have demonstrated equivalent qualifications in science, mathematics and English OR Successfully complete an approved bridging program and/or skills assessment in science, mathematics and English. Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 60 | PTE Academic - 50 (no band score less than 36) | TOEFL PBT - 550.

Students who do not meet the above academic requirements can apply for the Certificate III and IV in Laboratory Technology as a pathway into the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination).

Extra Fees

Bachelor:
Uniform Costs: $100/course
Textbooks: $300/course
Stationery: $100/course
Lab Equipment: $200/course
Field Exercise: $100
Personal Protective Equipment: $200/course

Course Subjects

Stages 1 and 2 - Complete all:

  • Principles of forensic science
  • Chemistry 1 (general chemistry)
  • Communication in forensic science
  • Maths and physics for forensic investigation
  • Chemistry 2 (organic and analytical chemistry)
  • Anatomy and physiology for forensic science
  • Biology 1 (general biology)
  • Principles of forensic investigation
  • Stages 3 and 4 - Complete all:

  • Crime scene investigation 1 (volume crime)
  • Biochemistry
  • Court procedures and protocols
  • Comparative analysis
  • Crime scene investigation 2 (serious crime)
  • Criminalistics 1 - Chemical Criminalistics
  • Specialist forensic disciplines
  • Stage 5 and 6 - Complete all:

  • Crime scene investigation 3 (major incidents)
  • Criminalistics 2 - biological criminalistics
  • Forensic research project 1
  • Statistics for forensic science
  • Professional practices in forensic science
  • Forensic research project 2
  • Electives - complete 3:

  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Principles of ridgeology and fingerprint comparisons
  • Principles of ballistics and firearm identification
  • Principles of vehicle examination
  • Principles of forensic document examination
  • Principles of fire scene investigation
  • Principles of biometric technologies
  • Principles of vehicle examination
  • Principles of forensic document examination
  • Negotiated forensic study A
  • Negotiated forensic study B
  • Negotiated forensic study C
  • Negotiated forensic study D
  • Optional subject

  • Chemistry tutorial
  • Job Opportunities

    Forensic field scientist, crime scene investigator, forensic investigator, Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO), degree would be an advantage to general entry to police services, scientific officer with police forensics services or related industries, increased lateral mobility within police services. Graduates will also find opportunities in related scientific disciplines.

    Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Students learn through face-to-face teaching supported with on-line learning resources.

    Students are assessed through practical and written assessments, oral presentations and mock court presentations throughout the degree.

    Pathways to Further Study

    • The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination) program provides a key component in a comprehensive forensic science pathway from Diploma through to postgraduate study. This degree program will be recognised for entry to courses at other institutions under normal entry requirements.
    • Pathways for graduates exist through CIT’s partnership in the National Centre for Forensic Studies, where undergraduate studies in the field sciences could lead to postgraduate studies in management, science or a specialist forensic area.
    • Some possible examples of educational pathways for graduates include Honours, Masters and PhD programs at the University of Canberra, Honours programs at the Australian National University, and Honours and PhD programs at the University of Technology, Sydney.


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    Michael White | Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)

    “In high school I wanted to pursue something in science, and I have to admit I enjoyed TV crime shows like Dexter and Bones! Like a lot of people, I thought forensics was cool - but I was modest and thought it was beyond me. Then, I met two forensics officers who said I should go for it. Both of them had graduated from CIT and recommended the course. I loved the idea of being able to practically apply the theoretical science I had learned.

    The course is incredibly practical! That’s what set it apart from university programs I was considering. In my very first term I was learning how to process crime scenes, and we also study in a number of specialist fields. This kind of experience is great for getting an idea of where I want to go in future.

    My teachers have worked in the industry for years, they give us plenty of realistic advice and I know the skills I’ve learned will be relevant for my career. We also learn about common mistakes so that we won’t make them.”