Your degree in Forensic Science

While studying forensic science, you’re learning to apply the techniques of biochemistry to both ethical and legal matters. You’ll develop important skills and master scientific reasoning to help make a difference in the community through the application of science in criminal investigations.

These skills may include: 

  • Comparison, interpretation, and evaluation of evidence using laboratory techniques and instruments
  • Report and expert testimony writing for evidentiary findings
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Application of logical/systematic thinking
  • Collaboration with laboratory teams across disciplines
  • Technical skills in ELISA, PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, western blots, southern transfers, DNA hybridization, protein assays, and enzyme digests
  • Usage of specialized instruments like pH meter, IR, and UV/VIS spectrophotometers

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields relevant to forensic sciences and biochemistry in government, education and business.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Bio-animator and filmmaker

Bioinformatician

Biological and medical illustrator

Biology analyst

Biostatistician

Coroner

Crime scene investigator

Environmental attorney

Environmental scientist

Epidemiologist

Food and drug inspector

Food safety expert

Forensic biologist

Forensic odontologist

Forensic pathologist

Forensic scientist

Forensic toxicologist

General duty technologist

Genetic counselor

Laboratory technician

Medical examiner

Occupational therapist

Patent agent

Patent attorney

Physical therapist

Program manager

Public health inspector

Quality control technician

Regulatory affairs expert

Search technologist

Technical writer

Technical sales representative

Teacher/Professor

Toxicologist

Veterinarian

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Forensic Science Student Association
Meet other Forensic Science students through events and programs.

Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology Club
Check out events related to biochemistry.

UBC Innocence Project
Learn about post-conviction reviews and the legal dimensions of forensic science work.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Biochemistry Career Night
Check out the club’s events page to connect with alumni and learn about potential career paths in term 2.

Industry career guide
Learn about forensic science and read insights from industry experts.

BCIT Forensics Blog
Stay updated with news, events, and other information in the field of forensics.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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