This double major, which can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Science - School of Science and Computing, will give you the opportunity to apply knowledge of forensic chemistry to the investigation of crime. Forensic chemistry essentially involves the analysis of samples obtained from the crime scene using modern methods of analytical science. Forensic chemistry in the broad sense includes firearms expertise, DNA analysis and serology, analytical chemistry applied to crime scene samples and many other fields. This double major is designed to provide you with the qualifications necessary for employment as an analytical chemist and forensic laboratory scientist. You will develop an understanding of the theory and practice of forensic and analytical chemistry and gain a grounding in basic chemical and biological science. Research, analytical and communication skills are emphasised throughout the course while you focus on the professional aspects of forensic science, including developing an understanding of the role of expert evidence in the criminal justice system. While the course is designed towards the goal of educating potential forensic scientists and analytical chemists, the broad education in chemistry and biology that it provides will also ensure you have wider employment prospects in a range of scientific careers. The course is heavily biased toward the chemical and biological sciences with considerable emphasis on the analytical techniques that are so critical in forensic science. As a graduate you will have expertise in the use of a range of sophisticated analytical instruments including Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Liquid Chromatography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Upon completion of this course you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry).
TEE Applicable Mathematics and Chemistry. TEE Calculus and Physics desirable. If Introductory Calculus has not been studied, a bridging unit may be required.
Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry)
Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Major (Bachelor of Science)
The Forensic and Analytical Chemistry double major is designed to provide graduates qualified for employment as analytical chemists and forensic laboratory scientists. In addition to developing an understanding of the theory and practice of Forensic and Analytical Chemistry, it also gives a grounding in basic chemical and biological science. Research, analytical and communication skills are emphasised throughout the course with a focus on the professional aspects of forensic science, including an understanding of the role of expert evidence in the criminal justice system. While the course is designed towards the goal of educating potential forensic scientists and analytical chemists, the broad education in chemistry and biology that it provides will alsoensure that graduates will have wider employment prospects in a range of scientific careers. The course meets the requirements of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for graduate membership into the Institute.
Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites
TEE Chemistry and Applicable Mathematics. TEE Physics is desirable.
STAT is not acceptable for mature age entry but may be used to demonstrate English Competence requirements.
3 years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.
For more information contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
10926 v.5 Mathematics 103 5.0 25.0
1737 v.3 Particles and Waves 101 3.0 12.5
7054 v.5 Physics 113 5.0 12.5
1754 v.6 Cell Biology 101 5.0 25.0
307554 v.1 Science Communications 101 2.0 12.5
7039 v.5 Chemistry 101 7.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
1643 v.7 Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
305541 v.2 Introduction to Forensic Science 101 2.0 12.5
307590 v.2 Statistical Data Analysis 101 3.0 12.5
7040 v.6 Chemistry 102 7.0 25.0
7042 v.6 Analytical Chemistry 112 5.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
13574 v.2 Physical Examination of Evidence 302 4.0 25.0
1633 v.4 Scientific Photography 101 3.0 12.5
8024 v.5 Analytical Chemistry 201 5.0 25.0
8027 v.4 Organic Chemistry 201 6.0 25.0
8029 v.3 Inorganic Chemistry 201 2.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 2
2789 v.10 General Genetics 202 4.0 25.0
310109 v.2 Occupational Hygiene 382 4.0 25.0
8026 v.4 Physical Chemistry 202 6.0 25.0
8028 v.4 Organic Chemistry 202 5.5 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
13572 v.4 Introduction to Toxicology 301 2.0 12.5
302546 v.2 Analytical Chemistry 301 6.5 25.0
7756 v.4 Organic Chemistry 301 5.0 25.0
8306 v.9 Quantitative Biology 201 5.0 25.0
SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF: 12.5
Year 3 Semester 2
13577 v.3 Biological Profiling 301 4.0 25.0
13579 v.4 Forensic Toxicology 302 2.0 12.5
8030 v.4 Inorganic Chemistry 202 5.0 25.0
9048 v.6 Chemistry Project 390 9.0 37.5
Optional Units to Select from in Year 3 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
302549 v.1 Chemistry Work Experience 202 5.0 12.5
306114 v.2 Geology 103 - Evolving Earth Systems 2.5 12.5
4770 v.3 Physical Properties of Solids 102 2.0 12.5
7318 v.6 Astronomy 101 2.0 12.5
7329 v.6 Planetary Science 101 2.0 12.5
7410 v.4 Weather Forecasting 101 2.0 12.5