Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration

4 years full time or part-time equivalent

CRICOS course code075455D
Deakin course codeD329

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Explore the nature of crime and the science behind the collection, examination and presentation of evidence with this combined degree in criminology and forensic science. You’ll discover what’s behind criminal behaviour, learn valuable courtroom skills and get hands-on experience examining evidence in simulated crime scenes.

Criminology is the study of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour. Forensic science is an applied science concerned with the law and legal proceedings and can include specialist areas such as crime scene investigation, forensic medicine and lab sciences.

Led by a team of highly experienced criminology and forensic science experts, you’ll learn about the many interrelated concepts that underpin these professional areas where the law meets science.

The combined degree draws from both the arts and science disciplines. It’s designed to give you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of why crimes are committed and teach you how to examine evidence for the purposes of legal proceedings.

In the forensic science stream you can choose to focus your studies by completing a major sequences in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. The course covers forensic chemistry and toxicology including trace chemical evidence, arson and explosives investigations, analysis of illicit drugs and forensic toxicology reporting. Our purpose-built crime scene facility lets you examine evidence and identify illegal products and endangered species. You’ll also learn how to apply forensic analysis including chemical, biological and physical techniques.

In the criminology stream you’ll take a close look at the nature of crime, investigating why crimes are committed. You’ll explore the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society and how communities respond to criminal behaviour. You’ll examine the criminal justice system from a sociological perspective, explore crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law and the laws of evidence.

This double degree prepares you for careers in criminology, forensic science and forensic criminology. You might choose to work in crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, military services or criminal justice research. Other specialist areas you can explore include forensic sociology, criminal psychology and forensic investigation.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist, criminologist or related role, in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324)

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$7,946Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology, students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 32 credit points, you’ll need to study 32 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

This combined course comprises 32 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and 16 credit points in the Faculty of Arts and Education course-grouped units. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.

Forensic Science requirements (16 cp):

  • At least 16 credit points of Science course-grouped units;
  • 10 credit points of core Forensic Science units (plus 1 other core units shared with Criminology – ACR102);
  • Successful completion of SLE010 – Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp);
  • Successful completion of a major sequence in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology;
  • At least 4 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 3;
  • Up to 6 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 1.

 Criminology requirements (16 cp):

  • Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

Major sequences

Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major within the Bachelor of Criminology component of this combined course. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.

Bachelor of Forensic Science major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Course structure

Core

Bachelor of Forensic Science

Core Units

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SLE112Fundamentals of Forensic Science

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE208Forensic Biology

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry on top of the core unit requirements.


Bachelor of Criminology units

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security **

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security *

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society **

* ACR212, ACR213 Trimester 1 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

** ACR210, ACR211 Trimester 3 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

 

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Details of major sequences

Forensic Biology

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000049


Overview

The forensic biology major aims to provide you with the specific biological skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These biological-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.   Study in this area may lead to a career based on entomology, human anatomy and DNA based forensic science.


Units

SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE212Biochemistry *

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE254Genetics

SLE356Advanced Topics in Forensic Biology (Tri-3)

SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics

* Already core units in the degree.

Forensic Chemistry

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-SU00015


Overview

The forensic chemistry major aims to provide you with the specific chemistry skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These chemically-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.  Study in this area may lead to a career based on toxicology, drug detection and chemical detection.


Units

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

SLE316Analytical Chemistry

SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

SLE312Toxicology