Curriculum Guideline

Forensic Studies (Associate of Arts)

Effective Date:
Program Code
ASARTF
Program
Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Criminology
Credential Type
Associate Degree
Discontinued
Yes
Is Active
Yes
Transcript Title
Arts/Forensic - Assoc. Degree
Date of First Offering
Start Term
200910
End Term
201610
Institutional Unit
Criminology
Credential
Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Forensic Studies
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credits
60.00
Admissions Requirements

General College Admission Requirements

Curriculum Framework

In addition to completing the general Associate of Arts requirements, students who take the Forensic Studies Associate of Arts Degree can follow one of four different pathways for BCIT's B. Tech program:

  1. Forensic Science
  2. Computer Crime Studies
  3. Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  4. Economic Crime Studies

Core Requirements

Students are required to take the following core Criminology courses:

  • CRIM 1100 and CRIM 1150
  • At least four of the following courses: CRIM 1120, CRIM 1160, CRIM 2140, CRIM 2220, CRIM 2251, CRIM 2252, CRIM 2260, CRIM 2262, CRIM 3340, CRIM 3390

Additional Bridging Courses

In addition to the core Criminology courses, students must complete one of the following sets of Bridging courses:

  1. Forensic Science
    • 1 Chemistry course
    • 1 Biology course
    • 1 Statistics course
  2. Computer Crime Studies

  • CSIS 1110
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three of the following courses: CSIS 1150, CSIS 1175, CSIS 1280, CSIS 2200, CSIS 2300
  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis

    • Geography 2270
    • 1 Statistics course
    • 2 of the following Computing courses: CSIS 1150, CSIS 1175, CSIS 1280, CSIS 2200, CSIS 2300
  • Economic Crime Studies

    • 1 Economics course
    • 1 Accounting course
    • 1 course in Mathematics of Finance

     

    The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

    6 credits (2 courses) first-year English electives
    6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
    6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
    6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts electives
    18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts electives in 2 or more subject areas
    3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
    3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
    3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
    9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

    Note: "English" courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. "Arts" courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information. 

     

    Definitions

    A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

     

    1. An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
    2. A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
      The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
    3. A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
    4. A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
    5. A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
    6. A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field. 

    For detailed information you may book an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

     

    Co-operative Education Option

    Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

     

    Sample Course Plans 1


    1. Forensic Science Stream

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 2

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    English 1st-year elective
    CRIM 1100
    Humanities elective
    Chemistry elective
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    Statistics course
    CRIM 1150
    Humanities elective
    English elective (1st-year)
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    SEMESTER 3

    SEMESTER 4

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    Biology elective
    2nd-year Crim course 2
    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Crim course
    University Transfer elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Arts elective
    2nd-year Arts elective
    University Transfer elective
    University Transfer elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15


    2. Computer Crime Studies Stream

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 2

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    English 1st-year elective
    CRIM 1100
    Humanities elective
    CSIS 1110
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    Math/Stats/Computing elective
    CRIM 1150
    Humanities elective
    English elective (1st-year)
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    SEMESTER 3

    SEMESTER 4

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    Lab Science elective
    2nd-year Crim course 3
    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Crim course
    CSIS elective 4

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Arts elective
    2nd-year Arts elective
    CSIS elective
    CSIS elective or university transfer elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15


    3. Crime and Intelligence Analysis Stream

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 2

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    English 1st-year elective
    CRIM 1100
    Humanities elective
    CSIS elective 5
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    Statistics course
    CRIM 1150
    Humanities elective
    English elective (1st-year)
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    SEMESTER 3

    SEMESTER 4

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    Lab Science elective
    GEOG 2270
    2nd-year Crim course 6
    2nd-year Crim course
    CSIS elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Arts elective
    University Transfer elective
    University Transfer elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15


    4. Economic Crime Studies Stream

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 2

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    English 1st-year elective
    CRIM 1100
    Humanities elective
    Math/Stats/Science elective
    Economics elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    Math of Finance elective 7
    CRIM 1150
    Humanities elective
    English elective (1st-year)
    Arts elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    SEMESTER 3

    SEMESTER 4

    Course

    Credits

    Course

    Credits

    Lab Science elective
    2nd-year Crim course 8
    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Crim course
    Accounting elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

    2nd-year Crim course
    2nd-year Arts elective
    2nd-year Arts elective
    University Transfer elective
    University Transfer elective

    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    15

     

    Notes

    1 Students can complete this 60-credit program on a part-time basis. The course sequence can vary. This is an example of how students could meet all program requirements in four semesters.   

    2,3,6,8 A second-year course is a course that transfers to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, UNBC) as a second-year course. Select from the following set of CRIM courses that qualify as second year in the B.C. transfer system: CRIM 1120, CRIM 1160, CRIM 2140, CRIM 2240, CRIM 2220, CRIM 2251, CRIM 2252, CRIM 2260, CRIM 2262.

    3 A second-year course is a course that transfers to one of the four B.C. research universities (i.e., SFU, UBC, UVic, UNBC) as a second-year course. Select from the following set of CRIM courses that qualify as second-year in the B.C. transfer system: CRIM 1120, CRIM 1160, CRIM 2140, CRIM 2240, CRIM 2220, CRIM 2251, CRIM 2252, CRIM 2260, CRIM 2262.

    4,5 Select from CSIS 1150, CSIS 1175, CSIS 1280, CSIS 2200, CSIS 2300.

    7FINC 1231, or other Financial Math course that satisfies this bridging requirement at BCIT.