Forensic Science, Testamur Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: T049

Previous Code:  MT3022

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

The Forensic Science Major is combined with the Crime Scene Investigation major in the Bachelor of Science to provide students specialised expertise in forensic science including methods of forensic analysis, crime scene investigation, forensic photography, forensic investigation, crime and criminal justice and complex cases. Career opportunities include forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, private investigators and consultants, police officers, drug analysts, researchers and academics, and specialised forensic science practitioners. The main employers of forensic scientists are State and Federal police services, State and Commonwealth Government Health Departments and analytical chemistry laboratories. Graduates will be versatile with a wide skills base with (depending on their choice of electives) potential for employment in analytical chemistry and microbiology, quality control and assurance, biochemistry and molecular biology, scientific research, education and the chemical industry. All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet course requirements.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Hawkesbury Campus Internal Dr Val Spikmans

Recommended Sequence

All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet program requirements.

Select the link for your program below to see details of the major

Bachelor of Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: This major must be undertaken with the Crime Scene Investigation Major.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
NATS 1008 Forensic Science 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MATH 1003 Biometry 10
NATS 1003 Digital Forensic Photography 10
BIOS 1012 Cell Biology 10
CHEM 1005 Essential Chemistry 2 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2019 Forensic and Environmental Analysis 10
BIOS 2018 Genetics 10
NATS 2021 Imaging Science 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
NATS 2010 Crime Scene Investigation 10
Select one of the following: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3012 Environmental Forensic Investigations 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3008 Complex Forensic Studies 10
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3027 Laboratory Quality Management 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)

Qualification for the Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary) with majors in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
NATS 1008 Forensic Science 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MATH 1003 Biometry 10
NATS 1003 Digital Forensic Photography 10
BIOS 1012 Cell Biology 10
CHEM 1005 Essential Chemistry 2 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2019 Forensic and Environmental Analysis 10
BIOS 2018 Genetics 10
NATS 2021 Imaging Science 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
NATS 2010 Crime Scene Investigation 10
Select one of the following: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3012 Environmental Forensic Investigations 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3008 Complex Forensic Studies 10
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3027 Laboratory Quality Management 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

In addition, all students must complete the mandatory 40 credit point minor in Education Studies.

Education Studies, Minor

Students must meet this requirement by choosing the subjects from the minor in Education Studies as electives within their Bachelor of Science program.

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Advanced Science with a major in Forensic Science requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: This major must be undertaken with the Crime Scene Investigation Major.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
NATS 1008 Forensic Science 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MATH 1003 Biometry 10
NATS 1003 Digital Forensic Photography 10
BIOS 1012 Cell Biology 10
CHEM 1005 Essential Chemistry 2 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2019 Forensic and Environmental Analysis 10
BIOS 2018 Genetics 10
NATS 2021 Imaging Science 10
NATS 2001 Advanced Science Project A 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
NATS 2010 Crime Scene Investigation 10
NATS 2002 Advanced Science Project B 10
Select one of the following: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3012 Environmental Forensic Investigations 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
NATS 3043 Advanced Science Research Project C 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3008 Complex Forensic Studies 10
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3027 Laboratory Quality Management 10
NATS 3043 Advanced Science Research Project C 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science, full-time start-year (Term 1) intake

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Please note that some units are only available for students enrolled in this major and may require completion at Hawkesbury campus.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
Year 1: College Subjects  
Standard 3-term year  
Preparatory subject:  
CHEM 0001 Chemistry (WSTC Prep) 10
Eight university-level subjects as follows:  
BIOS 1014 Cell Biology (WSTC) 10
CHEM 1006 Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC) 10
NATS 1020 Scientific Literacy (WSTC) 10
CHEM 1009 Introductory Chemistry (WSTC) 10
BIOS 1003 Biodiversity (WSTC) 10
MATH 1027 Quantitative Thinking (WSTC) 10
NATS 1002 Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC) 10
NATS 1003 Digital Forensic Photography 10
 Credit Points90
Year 2
Autumn session
NATS 2019 Forensic and Environmental Analysis 10
BIOS 2018 Genetics 10
NATS 2021 Imaging Science 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
NATS 2010 Crime Scene Investigation 10
Select one of the following: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3012 Environmental Forensic Investigations 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3008 Complex Forensic Studies 10
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3027 Laboratory Quality Management 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points250

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science, full-time mid-year (Term 2) intake

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Please note that some units are only available for students enrolled in this major and may require completion at Hawkesbury campus.

Subject Title Credit Points
Year 1 and Autumn Year 2: College subjects
Standard 3-term year
Preparatory subject:
CHEM 0001Chemistry (WSTC Prep)10
Eight university-level subjects as follows:
BIOS 1014Cell Biology (WSTC)10
CHEM 1006Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)10
NATS 1020Scientific Literacy (WSTC)10
CHEM 1009Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)10
BIOS 1003Biodiversity (WSTC)10
MATH 1027Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)10
NATS 1008Forensic Science10
NATS 1003Digital Forensic Photography10
Total Credit Points90
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Spring sessionCredit Points
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
NATS 2010 Crime Scene Investigation 10
Select one of the following: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
NATS 3012 Environmental Forensic Investigations 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 3008 Complex Forensic Studies 10
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3027 Laboratory Quality Management 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120