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Study Forensic Analytical Science at Otago

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Overview

Forensic investigations are becoming increasingly sophisticated with the integration of the latest analytical techniques in forensic chemistry and biology. Additionally, a number of professions ranging from law to wildlife protection, are becoming increasingly dependent on forensic knowledge and techniques. Furthermore, growth of industries such as forensic/evidential journalism and the need for investigative skill in areas as diverse as insurance and conservation has greatly increased the need for graduates with a solid analytical science training, strong appreciation of forensics and the entrepreneurship and management skills to bring forth new ideas. Thus there is increasing interest from employers for science graduates with good analytical skills, an understanding of forensics and the business skills to function in this rapidly developing field.

Forensic Analytical Science deals with the modern analytical techniques used in support of the legal system and in wider investigative contexts. Although chemistry and biology make up the core, it draws upon multiple disciplines such as mathematics and statistics, clothing and textile sciences, law, botany, and bioanthropology. This major will provide graduates with strong analytical skills that can be applied in many areas of endeavour and certainly is not limited to criminal forensics.

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Contact Details

Professor Russell Frew
Tel 64 3 479 7913
Email rfrew@chemistry.otago.ac.nz
Website Applied Science programme

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Qualifications

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Forensic Analytical Science

Year Papers Points
100-level

BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

At least one of the following is recommended:
BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World
CHEM 111  Chemistry: Molecular Architecture (highly recommended)
HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2
MATH 160  Mathematics 1
PHSI 191   Biological Physics (recommended)

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200-level

CHEM 201  Physical Chemistry and its Applications, or CHEM 205  Biological Chemistry

FORS 201 Analytical and Forensic Science

GENE 222 Genes, Chromosomes and Populations

At least two of BIOA 201, BIOC 221, CHEM 201 or CHEM 205, CHEM 204, CLTE 203, FOSC 201, GENE 221, MICR 221, MICR 222, PHAL 211, PHAL 212, STAT 242, STAT 261

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300-level

FORS 301  Analytical Forensic Biology

CHEM 306  Forensic Chemistry

At least two of BIOA 301, BIOC 352, CHEM 304, CLTE 303, FOSC 301, GENE 312, GENE 315, PHAL 306, PSYC 325, 300-level MICR and STAT papers

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18

36

 

90 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or second major subject or other approved papers

90
Total   360

 

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Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Forensic Analytical Science

If you wish to enrol in this programme please contact the Division of Sciences.

Papers

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