What will I learn?
This degree will focus on the vital analytical techniques of Forensic Biology (including DNA) and Forensic Chemistry (spectroscopy, traceability). The key strength will be the analytical skills acquired.
How will I learn?
The programme is delivered using lectures and practical labs. There may be some fieldwork component in the optional areas of study.
What will I study?
First year: papers worth at least 126 points, to include BIOC 192, CELS 191, CHEM 191, HUBS 191, STAT 110 or 115. At least one of BIOL 123, CHEM 111, HUBS 192, MATH 160 or PHSI 191 is recommended.
Second year: papers worth at least 120 points, to include CHEM 206, FORS 201, GENE 222. And at least two of BIOA 201, BIOC 221, CHEM 201 or 205, FOSC 201, GENE 221, MICR 221, 222, PHAL 211, 212, STAT 242, 261.
In your second year, as well as the required papers in Chemistry, Forensics and Genetics, there is a wide range of options including Biological Anthropology, Genetics and Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pharmacology as well as Statistics.
Third year: papers worth at least 120 points, to include FORS 301, CHEM 306. And at least two of BIOA 301, BIOC 352, CHEM 304, FOSC 301, GENE 312, 315, PHAL 306, PYSC 325, and 300-level MICR and STAT papers.
Third year extends the range even further with Food Science and Psychology.
While entry into the Bachelor of Science programme in Forensic Analytical Science is open to anyone, we strongly recommend you have NCEA Level 3 Chemistry, Biology and Maths (Stats). Strong skills in English would also be beneficial.