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Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry

 

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Min. duration
3 years full time or
6 years part time

course codes
UTS: C10244v2
CRICOS: 061246F
UAC: 607020

The Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry prepares students for professional and specialist work both in the field of applied chemistry and forensic science. Students learn the foundation of basic sciences, with in-depth development of chemistry and analytical sciences and forensic techniques, emphasising forensic applications.

This course not only gives students insights into how science can solve and prevent crime and terrorism but also why chemistry is the underpinning discipline of forensic science. This is a hands-on course that is well regarded nationally and internationally. Students graduate with a professional qualification in both forensic science and applied chemistry.

The Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry prepares students for professional and specialist work both in the field of applied chemistry and forensic science. Students learn the foundation of basic sciences, with in-depth development of chemistry and analytical sciences and forensic techniques, emphasising forensic applications.

This course not only gives students insights into how science can solve and prevent crime and terrorism but also why chemistry is the underpinning discipline of forensic science. This is a hands-on course that is well regarded nationally and internationally. Students graduate with a professional qualification in both forensic science and applied chemistry. The course has strong links with industry such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions and the analytical industry, producing graduates who are ready for employment in either field. Facilities are world-class.

Course aims

This course aims to produce professional forensic scientists and chemists with highly adaptable and practical scientific skills, accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory.

I love the practical, hands-on nature of the degree. You get to do some experiments in high school but they are few and far between

Typical study program

Typical course programs are shown below.

First year

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science633190
65111 Chemistry 1665111
68101 Foundations of Physics668101
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice660001
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
33290 Statistics and Mathematics for Science633290
65212 Chemistry 2665212
65242 Principles of Forensic Science665242
Select one of the following:6
68070 Introduction to Materials668070
68201 Physics in Action668201
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology691400

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2016 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Student contribution amounts for 2015 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,440
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$8,917
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,256

 

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2016 is $678. The total credit points are 144.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Career options include positions in the police service (crime scenes or laboratories), state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs, quarantine services, environmental protection agencies, pharmaceutical, chemical and analytical industries.

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Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science6
65111 Chemistry 16
68101 Foundations of Physics6
33290 Statistics and Mathematics for Science6
65212 Chemistry 26
65242 Principles of Forensic Science6
Select one of the following options:6
68070 Introduction to Materials6
68201 Physics in Action6
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology6
65202 Organic Chemistry 16
65410 Skills for the Professional Chemist6
65307 Physical Chemistry 16
65342 Crime Scene Investigation6
65508 Organic Chemistry 26
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 16
65306 Spectroscopy and Structure6
65412 Physical Evidence6
65409 Analytical Instrumentation 16
65544 Chemical Criminalistics6
65545 Forensic Toxicology6
65607 Physical Chemistry 26
65606 Analytical Instrumentation 26
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs6
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation6
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice6
Select 6 credit points from the following:6
35255 Forensic Statistics6
65509 Inorganic Chemistry 26
67305 Polymer Science6
Total144

Course structure explained

The course comprises 144 credit points of study. Stages 1–4 (the first two years) of the program are similar, though not identical, to the Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry major) (C10242). Stages 5–6 (the final year) are strongly focused on forensic studies.

Additional information

Course duration

Students can complete the course over three years full time. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Full time, on campus
Part time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of science.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Chemistry; Physics are recommended.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

For Science students

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Download a course guide

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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