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  • Forensic Investigative Studies

    Forensic Investigative Studies

Program Code:FOR
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Seneca Certificate

Program Description

Designed specifically for front–line investigations, you’ll gain forensic knowledge from recognized experts in their respective fields. Your courses will deliver specialized skills and knowledge for an exciting career in forensic and criminal investigations.

The part–time program delivery allows you maximum flexibility. You’ll be able to begin your studies at any time with most courses. It is not necessary to wait for the traditional start of a semester.

This program is offered in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (B.C.I.T.).

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • College or University diploma, degree, or certificate is preferred.


  • Students are required to be highly literate in the English language, both written and oral, and possess good analytical skills to be successful in this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Forensic Science has made it possible to detect, investigate and prosecute offences in ways never previously possible. This has resulted in requirements for advanced skill development by investigators accompanied by higher standards set out by the courts. Earn a certificate in Forensic Investigative Studies part–time and you may find enhanced career opportunities as a police officer, police investigator, (i.e. Forensic Identification, Scene of Crime Investigation, etc.), corporate and government investigator, and other public safety professionals.

Further Education

Graduates of this program who are accepted to BCIT will receive advanced standing credits towards BCIT’s:

  • Advanced Specialty Certificate (Forensic Science Studies)
  • Bachelor of Technology (Forensic Investigation)

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
British Columbia Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Technology in Forensics Investigations (Forensic Science Option)


A total of ten courses are required for completion of this certificate.

Required Courses:

Course Course Name Hrs/Wk
FHS561 Introduction to Criminal Law: Procedures and Evidence 45
FRS501 Introduction to Forensic Science 45
FRS503 Forensic Interviewing I 30
FRS510 Expert Witness Preparation 45

 Elective Courses:

Course Course Name
(Students will choose 6 out of 7 courses)
FHS560 Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences 45
FHS563 Wound and Trauma Assessment Documentation/Evaluation 45
FRS502 Forensic Anthropology - Rural Crime Scenes 45
FRS504 Forensic Behavioural Science 45
FRS505 Forensic Video Technologies 45
FRS507 Geographic Profiling I 45
FRS508 Forensic DNA Evidence for Investigators 45
FRS509 Principles and Methods in Fingerprint Identification 45
FRS511 Environmental Forensics 45
FRS512 Cybercrime 45
FRS513 Aircrash Recovery 45

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Program Coordinator: Nycole Harding
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55129

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