This course is for students who are interested in combining the study of forensic and analytical science with criminology.
This combined degree will appeal to students who are inquisitive, enjoy problem solving, have a passion for science, and who are interested in understanding criminology and its application in criminal justice.
By choosing a combination in forensic and analytical science, in addition to criminology, your study program will include analytical and forensic science and forensic biology.
Analytical science involves identifying and quantifying chemical compounds found in both
natural and man-made substances.
Forensic science is the application of analytical chemistry to matters of a legal nature, whether related to crime, environmental or safety laws, or simply the rules of society.
Forensic and analytical science, therefore, combines the practice of analytical chemistry with the application to forensic investigation.
Forensic biology uses aspects of the life sciences to answer questions relating to the examination of biological material in a forensic context. The biological material is typically one
of the body fluids (blood, semen and saliva) but also includes hair, muscle, bone and teeth.
The major questions raised are ‘what is this biological material?’, which is answered by DNA profiling, and ‘how and when did it get there?’, which is answered by microscopy and blood pattern analysis.