Your unique-ness isn’t limited to your DNA or your fingerprints.
Forensic chemistry can pinpoint where you’ve lived, what you’ve eaten and where IT lived… that unarguable proof of origin is increasingly useful for food producers, and biosecurity officers as well as crime fighters.
Analytical science is increasingly being applied forensically in business; for compliance with legislation, marketing and the protection of products and brands from fraud.
This degree focuses on the vital analytical techniques of Forensic Biology (including DNA) and Forensic Chemistry (spectroscopy, traceability). These analytical skills are highly sought-after in all sorts of areas : in industry, government agencies and regulatory bodies tasked with managing natural resources.
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Why study Forensic Analytical Science?
The most counterfeited item in the world is the NZ Kiwifruit. New Zealand’s produce is often at the top end of the market, and well worth counterfeiting – if you can get away with it! The techniques you’ll learn in this course can demonstrate the exact point of origin for foodstuffs; this protects our products abroad, and protects our growers at home as well, identifying the source of biosecurity risks when they hit our shores.
The techniques are applicable to criminal forensic work as well, and the analytical skills learned will have much broader applications across a wide range of scientific fields.
While entry into the Applied Science programme in Forensic Analytical Science is open to anyone, we strongly recommend that you have NCEA level 3 Chemistry, Biology and Maths (Stats). Strong skills in English would also be beneficial.
The programme is delivered using lectures and practical labs. There may be some fieldwork component in the optional areas of study.
Anyone involved with Resource Management Act needs staff who can understand analytical science for example in the management and custody of natural resources: the analytical techniques you’ll learn in Forensic Analytical Science will help track down sources of contamination.
Traceability gives the edge in niche marketing for top end products; now we can prove exactly where a product has come from, protecting it from counterfeiting and giving a market advantage.
Government agencies increasingly require people with this kind of analytical training e.g. Department of Conservation workers coming across questionable logging would be able to demonstrate whether timber had come from illegal sites. Postgraduate training in criminal forensic work, available from University of Auckland or several other international providers.
Applicants should be aware that the job market in New Zealand for criminal forensic scientists is small and that this course is not a qualification for such a career without further study or employment experience.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Applied Science* (BAppSc)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)
- Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons))
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (PGDipAppSc)
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Forensic Analytical Science
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
At least one of the following is recommended:
CHEM 206 Analytical Chemistry
FORS 201 Analytical and Forensic Science
GENE 222 Genes, Chromosomes and Populations
FORS 301 Analytical Forensic Biology
CHEM 306 Forensic Chemistry
90 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or second major subject or other approved papers
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.