Forensic Sciences (FRSC)

Forensic Sciences (FRSC)

Forensic Sciences encompasses the methodology and interpretation of data collected in the investigation of deaths, or other events, which could be criminal in nature. In Canada, police forces are regularly involved in forensic investigations, but there are others, (e.g., medical personnel, dentists, biologists, criminologists and anthropologists), who are interested in, or can benefit from, training in forensic sciences.

This program is designed to give the student a strong grounding in the different science disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, odontology, physics) that form the basis of the techniques used in forensic investigations. This science basis is provided through introductory and specialty courses offered from Departments in the Science Faculty. Students may broaden their knowledge by choosing from a list of complementary courses offered by Departments in the other Faculties (e.g., anthropology, sociology). Experts in forensic techniques will expose students to the application of this knowledge, primarily through the Application of Forensic Techniques course [FRSC 3300].

Admission to the Diploma in Forensic Sciences Admission to the Diploma in Forensic Sciences is by permission of the Program Coordinator in consultation with members of the Forensic Sciences Executive.

Potential students must clearly indicate in which of the following three Streams for admission they are applying, and submit their completed application on or before January 15. Late applications will NOT be considered. Complete applications include a statement describing reasons for choosing the FRSC program, any work-related experience or goals, and all official college or university academic transcripts.


The requirement of a minimum CGPAof 3.00 applies to all students in this Diploma program.

Requirements for the Diploma in Forensic Sciences [sixty (60) credit hours]


1. Required courses [twenty-seven (27)]

FRSC 2200 Basic Sciences for Forensics I 
FRSC 2201 Basic Sciences for Forensics II
FRSC 3300 Application of Forensic Techniques 
FRSC 3007 Forensic DNA Typing OR BIOL3419 Molecular Biology
BIOL 1201 Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 1202 Organismal and Ecological Biology 
BIOL 2307 Genetics
CHEM 1210 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1212 General Chemistry II for Life Sciences (note MATH pre-reqs)

2. Science-intensive courses [twenty-one (21) to twenty- four (24) credit hours]

ANTH 3373 Fieldwork in Archaeology 
ANTH 3374 Archaeology Laboratory 
ANTH 3471 Forensic Skeletal Identification 
ANTH 3472 Forensic Skeletal Analysis 
ANTH 3473 Forensic Facial Anatomy
ANTH 3701 Forensic Archaeology Field School 
ANTH 4464 Advanced Fieldwork in Archaeology 
ANTH 4465 Advanced Archaeology Laboratory 
ANTH 4701 Internship in Forensic Anthropology 
BIOL3004 Principles of Physiology
BIOL 3308 Biostatistics or PSYC 2350 Psychological Statistics
BIOL 2321 Cell Biology I
BIOL 3002 Entomology
BIOL 3398 Microbiology
BIOL 4411 Medical and Veterinary Parasitology 
CHEM 2332 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Wet Methods
CHEM 2333 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods
CHEM 2344 Organic Chemistry I or CHEM 2346 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences 
CHEM 2345 Organic Chemistry II (Note: pre-req CHEM 2344)
CHEM 3451 Introductory Biochemistry 
FRSC 3340 Forensic Entomology
FRSC 3350 Recent Advancement in Forensic Sciences 
FRSC 4002 Wildlife Forensics
PHYS 1000 Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYS 1001 Physics for Life Sciences II

3. Electives [nine (9) - twelve (12) credit hours]. Diploma students may qualify for up to six (6) credit hours based on prior training.

ANTH 1271 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 1280 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 
ANTH 2282 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 
CRIM 2303 Crime and Society, entry to this course may be restricted
CRIM 2304 Canadian Criminal Justice System, entry to this course may be restricted
GEOG 2316 Map and Image Interpretation
GEOG 3386 Concepts in Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.)
PSYC 1250 Social Behaviour
PSYC 1260 Personality: Normal and Abnormal 
PSYC 3320 Psychology and Law
PSYC 3338 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 
PSYC 3349 Drugs and Behaviour
PSYC 4438 Advanced Forensic Psychology 
PSYC 4443 Advanced Psychology and Law

The following courses are reserved exclusively for students officially accepted in the Diploma in Forensic Sciences Program at Saint Mary’s University. Courses in Forensic Science cannot be used to satisfy course requirements for the major or honours in Biology.

All the following courses have 3 hour classes and 3 hour lab/tutorial per week.