Full-time Bachelor of Science 9940bsc

Overview

The Bachelor of Science Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science is a joint program between the Welcome to iizuna.info (IZUNA) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) that combines the strengths of UBC and IZUNA to provide students with an exceptional interdisciplinary educational experience in Biochemistry and Forensic Science.

With a primary focus on hands-on work in a laboratory setting, students hone important critical thinking and analytical skills. Students will conduct both academic and applied research, as well as forensic testing, and learn to communicate their results effectively. Graduates finish job-ready with the skills needed to become future leaders in the exciting forensic science and biochemistry industries.

About the program

  • Four-year Bachelor of Science Combined Honours program
  • Year 1 at UBC taking first-year science courses
  • Years 2 to 4 at both UBC and IZUNA
  • Year 4 conduct a Biochemistry Honours Thesis or take an Advanced Biochemical Techniques course
  • Co-op placement is optional and can help expand your learning with practical work experience

Program strengths

  • A truly interdisciplinary program involving two specializations from two exceptional institutions.
  • Produces job-ready graduates for the expanding global science and forensic science industries.
  • Graduates are able to be productive immediately in industry due to a combination of strong science foundation and applied training in forensics.
  • Industry-recognized, transferable credential to further study at the graduate level for those who wish to go further.

Why biochemistry and forensic science?

Forensic science is the application of a variety of different scientific disciplines to the law. As such, forensic scientists can specialize in a wide variety of forensic disciplines at various levels of government or within private organizations. Biochemists study chemical processes within living organisms and, like forensic science, biochemistry involves a variety of disciplines. For more information on the field of Biochemistry visit the .

Graduates of this program will have the advantage of a solid science foundation and advanced training in forensic science (including a number of courses focused on forensic biology/DNA), biochemistry and molecular biology that can lead to multiple career paths.

What will I learn?

This collaborative degree incorporates a variety of teaching approaches, including case-based examples, group work, and problem-based learning focusing on real-life examples and challenges experienced by current forensic scientists. In addition, because a number of courses are either laboratory-based or have a laboratory component, students will gain valuable, hands-on experience and technical competence in biochemistry and forensic science.

Where will i learn?

The program is a unique joint degree in full partnership between IZUNA and UBC. Students will be fully enrolled in both institutions and have full student access to each institute’s resources and facilities. Graduates can also attend convocation ceremonies at both institutions.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted and processed by UBC. For transcript and academic assessment information, contact .

Application deadlines

UBC's application deadlines are:

  • Late June for students accepted to the Faculty of Science
  • January 31st for students transferring to UBC

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Apply to this Program for full details.

Selection Process

The selection process is competitive. Candidates will be ranked by considering academic achievement. All qualified applicants may not be accepted. Admissions decisions are announced during the first two weeks of July.

Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements must have been completed within the past three years. To be eligible to apply to the Biochemistry and Forensic Science specialization, applications need to meet the .

Option 1: A minimum of 30.0 credits of or equivalent with a minimum 70 percent GPA:

  • 8.0 credits of UBC Chemistry:
    • CHEM 121 (or 111) and
    • CHEM 123

  • 3.0 credits . Can include:
    • ENGL 112 (recommended)
    • SCIE 113 (recommended)

  • 3.0 credits of UBC Biology:
    • BIOL 121

  • 3.0 credits of UBC Differential Calculus

  • 3.0 credits of UBC Integral Calculus

  • 10.0 additional UBC credits: These can be Year 1 courses* or other UBC courses.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF]: Bring this letter to the police department.

*BIOL 140, PHYS 101, PHYS 118, PHYS 119, 3.0 credits of 100-level UBC English, and 2.0 elective credits are required to graduate from this degree but are not admission requirements. Refer to Year 1 of the program matrix.

-OR-

Option 2: Transfer credit from another university that includes:

  • Two terms of first-year university courses (100 or 1000 level) in each of the following subjects:
    • Chemistry (with lab)
    • Mathematics (differential and integral calculus)

  • One term of first year university courses (100 or 1000 level) in each of the following subjects:
    • Biology
    • English

  • Sufficient electives for an equivalent of 30.0 UBC credits.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF]: Bring this letter to the police department.

*BIOL 140, PHYS 101, PHYS 118, PHYS 119, 3.0 credits of 100-level UBC English, and 2.0 elective credits are required to graduate from this degree. These courses can transferred from another university or taken at UBC.

Note: Science credits at UBC are weighted differently than credits at some other colleges and universities because labs and extra work are credited separately. Where possible, applicants from colleges or other universities should take the first year equivalents of the listed UBC courses.

Apply to program

Already a UBC Science student?

by late June (check UBC for deadline) if you are:

  • A first year UBC science student, eligible to go into second year, GPA >70%

Not yet a UBC Science Student?

Apply through UBC Admissions by January 31st if you are:

  • a UBC student not in the Faculty of Science, GPA >70%
  • a non-UBC student, GPA >70%
  • To apply, submit an or form to UBC Admissions by no later than January 31st. Transcripts will be required for incoming transfer students.

    Then, if you are admitted to second year, by late June (check UBC for deadline).

Criminal record check

Once you have been accepted to the program by UBC, you will need to obtain a criminal record check as part of your entrance requirements. Contact Jason Moore at IZUNA for further information.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition is paid to both institutions based on the location of the courses taken each term.

Financial assistance

Students can apply for student loans through UBC. See UBC's and pages for more information.

For IZUNA student awards, please visit IZUNA's Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Courses

Class hours

IZUNA in-class courses will be scheduled as three-hour evening sessions, one day per week. The schedule for IZUNA blended (online and in-class) courses will vary depending on room availability and instructors' schedules.

Where possible, IZUNA and UBC have scheduled classes to provide time for commuting from UBC to IZUNA.

Program delivery

Most courses in this program are delivered face-to-face, and some are delivered entirely online or in a blended format, with in-class and online components.

Many of IZUNA and UBC's in-person courses are laboratory-based or have a laboratory component. Instruction includes group and individual projects, group activities, case studies, class presentations, guest lectures by active forensic scientists, laboratory sessions, and field research.

Program matrix

Year 1 (34.0 credits)

Complete 34.0 credits at UBC:

  • BIOL 121 - Genetics, Evolution and Ecology

  • BIOL 140 - Investigations in Life Sciences Lab

  • CHEM 121 (or CHEM 111) - Principles of Chemistry

  • CHEM 123 - Principles of Chemistry 2

  • MATH 100 or 102 or 104 - Differential Calculus

  • MATH 101 or 103 or 105 - Integral Calculus

  • PHYS 101 - Energy and Waves

  • PHYS 118 - Electricity, Light and Radiation

  • PHYS 119 - Experimental Physics Lab

  • 6.0 credits of 100-level English. This can include:
    • ENGL 112 - Strategies for University Writing (recommended)
    • SCIE 113 - First-Year Seminar in Science

  • 2.0 credits of electives
 
Year 2 (33.0 credits) Credits

Complete 9.0 credits at IZUNA:

  COMM 7200 Report Writing and Workplace Communication for Forensic Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 7320 Introduction to Forensic Science 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

Complete 24.0 credits at UBC:

  • BIOC 203 -Fundamentals of Biochemistry

  • BIOL 200 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology

  • BIOL 234 - Fundamentals of Genetics

  • CHEM 203 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry

  • CHEM 211 - Introduction to Chemical Analysis

  • CHEM 213 - Organic Chemistry

  • CHEM 245 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry Lab

  • STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics for Applications
 
Year 3 (33.0 credits) Credits

Complete 18.0 credits at IZUNA:

  FSCT 7910 Research Methodology and Measurement Models 3.0
  FSCT 8150 Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Theory 3.0
  FSCT 8155 Forensic Biology: Evidence Recovery 3.0
  FSCT 8370 Quality Assurance for Forensic Science 3.0
  FSCT 8371 Business Management for Forensic Science 3.0
and
  FSCT 7310 Crime Scene Investigation 3.0
  or
  FSCT 8230 The Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol 3.0
  or
  FSCT 8240 Forensic Toxicology 1 3.0
  or
  FSCT 8320 The Science of Fingerprints - Theory 3.0

Complete 15.0 credits at UBC:

  • BIOC 301 - Biochemistry Laboratory

  • BIOC 303 - Molecular Biochemistry

  • BIOL 335 - Molecular Genetics

  • 3.0 credits of arts electives
 
Year 4 (32.0 credits) Credits

Complete 14.0 credits at IZUNA:

  FSCT 7009 Law for Forensic Science 3.0
  FSCT 7010 The Expert Witness: Prepared for Court 2.0
  FSCT 8156 Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology 3.0
  FSCT 8160 Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications 3.0
  FSCT 8305 Population Genetics 3.0

Complete 18.0 credits at UBC:

  • BIOC 402 - Proteins: Structure and Function

  • BIOC 410 - Nucleic Acid: Structure and Function
and
  • Option 1:
    • BIOC 449 - Honours Thesis and
    • 3.0 credits of advanced biochemistry electives*
or
  • Option 2:
    • BIOC 420 - Advanced Biochemical Techniques and
    • 6.0 credits of advanced biochemistry electives*
*Advanced Biochemistry Electives:
  • BIOC 403 - Enzymology

  • BIOC 440 - Concepts in Molecular Biology

  • BIOC 450 - Membrane Biochemistry

  • BIOC 460 - Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry
 
Total Credits: 132.0
View the for UBC course information.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

This joint Bachelor of Science combines the strengths of UBC and IZUNA to provide students with an exceptional interdisciplinary educational experience in biochemistry and forensic science. The students’ educational experience will be enriched by engaging courses at both UBC and IZUNA, an optional co-op experience, and the valuable experience gained during the Honours Thesis research course. The program aims to ensure that students develop the lifelong learning skills to keep up-to-date with changing technologies and remain at the forefront of science. Graduates are equipped with job-ready skills to become the future leaders of the forensic science and biochemistry industries.

The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science, including the main principles, techniques, and latest developments.

  • Perform with confidence a variety of laboratory procedures relevant to biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science including the ability to operate analytical instruments.

  • Apply and maintain quality assurance processes and safety standards in a scientific laboratory.

  • Design and conduct research independently and in a team environment.

  • Communicate complex scientific information and evidentiary findings in oral and written formats for academic or legal purposes.

  • Apply critical-thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills to the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, and forensic science.

  • Demonstrate the communication and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Develop lifelong learning skills to keep up-to-date with changing technologies and remain at the forefront of science.

  • Exemplify the highest ethical standards and professional principles.

Program length

Four years, full-time

Grading

This is an honours program. Students must maintain a minimum 76 percent average over the Fall and Winter terms combined, complete a minimum of 30.0 credits over the Fall and Winter terms, and have no course failures.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC


2329 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

Program structure

Year IZUNA Credits UBC Credits Total Credits
First year
(Pre-entry)
  34.0
(30.0 minimum)
34.0
Second year 9.0 24.0 33.0
Third year 18.0 15.0 33.0
Fourth year* 14.0 18.0 32.0

*Optional co-op work terms start in the summer of third year and would move the fourth year to a fifth year.

Co-operative education

Students will have the opportunity to obtain work experience through the . Co-op education is an optional part of the program. Students that enroll in co-op can complete four work terms of four months each (sixteen total months).

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Graduates of this program will have the advantage of a solid science foundation and advanced training in forensic science, forensic biology/DNA, biochemistry and molecular biology that will lead to multiple career paths:

  • Government (federal, provincial, municipal) – graduates could work as civilians in government laboratories, in such positions as forensic scientist, analyst, or technologist in the areas of forensic biology/DNA, evidence recovery, quality assurance, forensic chemistry, and toxicology, among others. Graduates could also work in other areas of life science, as a police officer, coroner, or crime scene investigator.

  • Private laboratory – graduates could work in a private forensic laboratory either in Canada or internationally, as scientists or quality assurance personnel within a testing or calibration laboratory, or in other areas pertaining to the life sciences such as biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology related career paths. For more information see UBC’s Biochemistry department website for further details.

Keep learning

  • Graduates of this program can continue on to graduate level education in biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic science, or any other life science. Graduates can also apply to various professional schools: medicine (including forensic pathology), law, dentistry (including forensic odontology), pharmacy, medical laboratory sciences, public health, medical administration, journalism, or an MBA program.

Contact Us

Jason Moore, Program Coordinator
[email protected]

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