Specialisation

Major - Forensic Science

Western Sydney University Major Code: MT3022.1

Status: CURRENT
This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.


Related Courses

3754.1 Bachelor of Science
3757.1 Bachelor of Advanced Science
6043.1 Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO


The Forensic Science Major is combined with the Crime Scene Investigation major, in a Bachelor of Science to provide students specialised expertise in forensic science including methods of forensic analysis, crime scene investigation, forensic photography, forensic investigation, crime and criminal justice and complex cases. Career opportunities include forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, private investigators and consultants, police officers, drug analysts, researchers and academics, and specialised forensic science practitioners. The main employers of forensic scientists are State and Federal police services, State and Commonwealth Government Health Departments and analytical chemistry laboratories. Graduates will be versatile with a wide skills base with (depending on their choice of electives) potential for employment in analytical chemistry and microbiology, quality control and assurance, biochemistry and molecular biology, scientific research, education and the chemical industry.


Location

Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Hawkesbury Campus Internal Dr Val Spikmans

Major Structure

All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet course requirements.

Bachelor of Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: This major must be undertaken with M3120 Crime Scene Investigation

M3120 Crime Scene Investigation

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

300811 Scientific Literacy
300802 Biodiversity
300808 Introductory Chemistry
300806 Forensic Science

Spring session

200263 Biometry
300874 Digital Forensic Photography
300816 Cell Biology
300803 Essential Chemistry 2

Year 2

Autumn session

300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300845 Genetics
401171 Imaging Science

And one elective

Spring session

301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy
300873 Crime Scene Investigation

Choose one of

301261 Complex Case Studies in Science
301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300868 Forensic Chemistry
300981 Environmental Forensic Investigations
301120 Forensic Anthropology

And one elective

Spring session

300883 Laboratory Quality Management
300911 Complex Forensic Studies
401170 Forensic Biology

And one elective

Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)

Qualification for the Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary) with majors in Forensic Science and M3120 Crime Scene Investigation requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence for the Bachelor of Science with majors in Forensic Science and M3120 Crime Scene Investigation, given above.

In addition, all students must complete the mandatory 40 credit point sub-major in Education Studies:

SM1100 Education Studies

Students must meet this requirement by choosing the units from SM1100 as electives within their Bachelor of Science program.

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Advanced Science with a major in Forensic Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: This major must be undertaken with M3120 Crime Scene Investigation

M3120 Crime Scene Investigation

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

300811 Scientific Literacy
300802 Biodiversity
300808 Introductory Chemistry
300806 Forensic Science

Spring session

200263 Biometry
300874 Digital Forensic Photography
300816 Cell Biology
300803 Essential Chemistry 2

Year 2

Autumn session

300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300845 Genetics
401171 Imaging Science
300937 Advanced Science Project A

Spring session

301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy
300873 Crime Scene Investigation
300938 Advanced Science Project B

Choose one of

301261 Complex Case Studies in Science
301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals

Year 3

Autumn session

300868 Forensic Chemistry
300981 Environmental Forensic Investigations
301120 Forensic Anthropology
301258 Advanced Science Research Project C

Spring session

300883 Laboratory Quality Management
300911 Complex Forensic Studies
401170 Forensic Biology
301258 Advanced Science Research Project C

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Commencing in Term 1

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Please note that some units are only available for students enrolled in MT3033 and may require completion at Hawkesbury campus

Full-time

Year 1: College Units

Standard 3 term year

Preparatory unit:

700043 Chemistry (WSTC Prep)

And

Eight university level units comprising:

700125 Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122 Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124 Scientific Literacy (WSTC)
700155 Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700095 Biodiversity (WSTC)
700123 Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700266 Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
300874 Digital Forensic Photography

Year 2

Autumn session

300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300845 Genetics
300806 Forensic Science

And one elective

Spring session

300873 Crime Scene Investigation
200263 Biometry

Choose one of

301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261 Complex Case Studies in Science

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300868 Forensic Chemistry
300981 Environmental Forensic Investigations
301120 Forensic Anthropology
401171 Imaging Science

Spring session

300883 Laboratory Quality Management
300911 Complex Forensic Studies
401170 Forensic Biology

And one elective

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Commencing in Term 2

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Please note that some units are only available for students enrolled in MT3033 and may require completion at Hawkesbury campus

Full-time

Year 1 and Autumn Year 2:

College units

Standard 3 term year

Preparatory unit:

700043 Chemistry (WSTC Prep)

And

Eight University Level units comprising:

700125 Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122 Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124 Scientific Literacy (WSTC)
700155 Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700095 Biodiversity (WSTC)
700123 Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
300806 Forensic Science
300874 Digital Forensic Photography

Year 2

Spring session

300873 Crime Scene Investigation
301126 Concepts in Human Anatomy
200263 Biometry

Choose one of

301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261 Complex Case Studies in Science

Year 3

Autumn session

300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300845 Genetics
401171 Imaging Science

And one elective

Spring session

300883 Laboratory Quality Management
300911 Complex Forensic Studies
401170 Forensic Biology

And one elective

Year 4

Autumn session

300868 Forensic Chemistry
300981 Environmental Forensic Investigations
301120 Forensic Anthropology

And one elective



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