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Students in their graduating year may choose to complete either an independent Thesis Research, a Directed Studies project or a Mock Crime Scene Practicum.

  • Thesis Project

    This project provides you with the opportunity, under the supervision of a faculty member or a forensic professional, to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout your program of study. You must complete a minimum of 280 hours of independent work. The written and oral thesis defense includes a literature review, methods, results and significance of the research.

  • Directed Studies Project
    This project requires independent research of a current topic in a specialized area of forensic science, including, but not restricted to, biology, chemistry, anthropology and the application of science to law. Topics are selected from current research literature and involve a review and critical appraisal of underlying experimental principles. The course comprises independent library research, participation in weekly meetings, as well as written and oral presentations.
  • Mock Crime Scene Practicum

    In this course, you will investigate a simulated major crime scene synthesizing the knowledge you have gained throughout the forensic science program. You will participate in all aspects of a forensic science investigation, from crime scene to lab, culminating with expert witness testimony in a mock court setting. A mock crime scene scenario provides an opportunity for you to further develop good judgment, critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

    You may be required to have a criminal record check completed prior to the start of your Capstone research placement. If you do not provide appropriate documentation of a completed police check, you will not be eligible for placements outside of the university.