How to Become a Forensic Scientist

By Logan Bright Modified on November 15, 2019

Four schools across Canada will teach you the skills you need to investigate — and solve — crimes.

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A forensic scientist, having studied in Canada, investigates and analyzes evidence from a crime scene using her knowledge of forensic science.

Are you fascinated by forensics? Does the idea of an interdisciplinary field, drawing from the natural and social sciences, excite you? Would you enjoy solving mysteries and helping people as part of your career?

If so, consider becoming a forensic scientist. There are lots of programs in Canada that will teach you everything you need to know about analyzing evidence to help solve crimes. Wondering how to become a forensic scientist? Enrol in one of these great programs!

University of Windsor

This four year honours bachelor's degree at the University of Windsor offers concentrations in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry, but no matter which route you take, you'll learn how to collect, interpret, and report on forensic evidence. The University of Windsor is a great place to study because they focus on bettering the world through research and discovery — just what you'll be doing when you become a forensic scientist!

Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University boasts a four year honours bachelor's degree in forensic science that is fully accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, so you can be sure you're getting excellent training from instructors who really know their field. You'll also get hands-on experience in Ontario Tech University's Crime Scene House — and yes, it's as cool as it sounds.

Trent University

Trent University's three year bachelor of science in forensics combines theory and practice to give you the skills you need to become a forensic scientist. You'll explore the latest developments in forensic tech, hone your skills in their training lab, and get your hands dirty with practical experience in related case work. Trent's program combines the best of the sciences alongside specialized forensics courses. Before you know it, you'll be investigating crimes like a pro.

Saint Mary's University

If you're not so sure you want to become a forensic scientist — or you just want to study outside Ontario — you can apply for Saint Mary's certificate in forensic science. This isn't a stand-alone degree, but an additional qualification that gives you a taste of everything forensics has to offer, from fingerprinting to DNA analysis. This is a good way to test the field and see what grabs your interest.

So, there you have it — now you know how to become a forensic scientist! Time to hit the books. Unfortunately, you won't get a flashy CSI-style montage, so you'd better get to it!