Forensic Sciences at UWindsor

Forensic science is the study and/or application of scientific knowledge and techniques to the legal and criminal justice system.  Thus any science - chemistry, biology, ecology, anthropology, geology - can have forensic applications! The term "forensic science" is most often used to describe the special expertise and scientific knowledge needed for the collection, packaging, preservation and analysis of fragile and/or minute crime science artifacts. 

Our forensic programs focus on acquiring the skills essential to the practice of forensic science and criminal investigation.  In classroom and laboratories, you will learn to identify, preserve, measure and analyse evidence.  You will learn the public speaking, interpersonal and critical thinking skills needed to be a member of the legal system, as well as the fundamentals of Canadian law and judicial systems and criminology. 

The Honours Bachelor of Forensic Science (BFS) adds to the these skills:

  • a choice of concentration in a specific forensic science (chemistry, biology, life sciences, information technology)
  • the use of discipline-scientific methods and techniques of analysis
  • the requirement for a practicum / internship with a professional or scientist
  • the requirement for completion of a research thesis, with application in forensic science
  • Program requirements

The BA (Forensics combined) adds to these skills:

  • the integration of a second field of study (criminology, psychology, sociology, political science) into the degree
  • a strong focus on legal issues and communication associated with the analysis of evidence and standards in legal investigations
  • the ability to tailor their degree in order to pursue further studies at the graduate level
  • Program requirements