Bachelor of Forensic Science

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full time or part time equivalent
CRICOS course code073106G
Deakin course codeS324

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science aims to provide formal training in the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence.

The course combines studies in biology, chemistry, biochemical and chemical analysis, statistical analysis and molecular biology. You will also undertake studies in criminology, including the examination and interpretation of evidence and courtroom skills.

The course has extensive industry links with local and Australian forensic organisations, and features guest lecturers and site visits in collaboration with leading forensic organisations.

Graduates may also have the opportunity to go on to further study and enter honours and postgraduate programs.

Students and graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Forensic Science, career opportunities exist in forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, in government institutions and in chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 12 core units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit‐point compulsory unit)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 6 credit points at level 3 (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)
  • Completion of a major sequence in either: Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology

Students may use up to eight of their remaining electives on units offered outside the Faculty such as units in Criminology, for example.

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
    Forensic Biology
    Forensic Chemistry

    Course structure

    Core units

    Level 1
    Trimester 1

    SLE111Cells and Genes

    SLE133Chemistry in Our World^

    SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

    ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology(Formerly ASL113)

    SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program*

    *SLE010 is a 0-credit-point compulsory unit

    Trimester 2

    SLE132Biology: Form and Function

    SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

    SLE112Fundamentals of Forensic Science

    ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice(Formerly ASL111)

    ^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit.

    Level 2
    Trimester 1


    SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

    Trimester 2

    SLE208Forensic Biology

    Level 3

    Trimester 2

    SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

    Details of major sequences

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

    Forensic Biology - unit set code MJ-S000049

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    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.

    SLE111Cells and Genes*

    SLE132Biology: Form and Function*

    SLE211Principles of Physiology


    SLE221Systems Physiology


    SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation*

    SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics

    * Already core units in the degree.

    Forensic Chemistry - unit set code MJ-SU00015

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    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.

    SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences*

    SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science


    SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles*

    SLE214Organic Chemistry

    SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

    SLE316Analytical Chemistry

    SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

    * Already core units in the degree


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