Forensic Chemistry - Specialist (Science)

This program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Limited Enrolment — Admission into the Forensic Chemistry Specialist Program is by special application only. To be considered for admission into the program, ALL students, including students admitted into the 1st year Forensic Science category, must submit a direct online application in addition to their ACORN request, upon completing the minimum program entry requirements.

Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Application for admission into the program for ALL students can be found at: Program Application | Forensic Science (

Forensic Chemistry is a Type 3 program, and applications are open for Round 1 only. There is no Round 2 admission period.

Forensic Science Applications Open: March 1 of each year
Forensic Science Application Deadline: May 1 of each year


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Completion of 4.0 credits; including 3.0 science credits.
  2. Completion of CHM110H5 with 65% or better and CHM120H5 with 65% or better.
  3. Completion of FSC239Y5 with 70% or better in their first successful attempt.
  4. Completion of ( MAT132H5, MAT134H5) / ( MAT135H5, MAT136H5)
  5. Completion of PHY136H5
  6. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.2.
    The actual minimum CGPA requirement varies from year to year but is never lower than 3.2

A minimum of 16.5 credits are required.

First Year:

  1. CHM110H5, CHM120H5
  2. BIO152H5
  3. FSC239Y5
  4. ( MAT132H5, MAT134H5) / ( MAT135H5, MAT136H5)
  5. PHY136H5, PHY137H5

( ISP100H5 is strongly encouraged).

Second Year:

  1. Statistics Requirement: BIO259H5/​ FSC341H5/​ STA220H5
  2. JCP221H5; CHM211H5, CHM231H5, CHM242H5, CHM243H5
  3. FSC271H5

Third and Fourth Year:

  1. IDENT Requirement: ( FSC300H5, FSC302H5) / (( FSC210H5 or FSC370H5), FSC303H5)
  2. CHM311H5, CHM331H5/​ CHM333H5, CHM361H5, CHM396H5, CHM397H5
  3. FSC311H5, FSC330H5, FSC340H5, FSC360H5, FSC402H5, FSC403H5
  4. CHM414H5, CHM416H5
  5. Capstone Requirement: FSC481Y5 / ( FSC482H5, FSC483H5) / ( FSC482H5, FSC484H5) / ( FSC482H5, FSC485H5) / ( FSC482H5, FSC407H5)
    Note: Students seeking an IDENT capstone placement must have FSC302H5 completed prior to their capstone year.

The following courses are highly recommended for students interested in Forensic Toxicology: BIO200H5, FSC370H5, FSC371H5

  1. Students are strongly advised to consult the program advisor regarding their program of study.
  2. Corequisite for CHM372H5 is CHM361H5.
  3. The program requirements in effect at the time the student is admitted to the program must be met in order to fulfill the degree requirements.
  4. Prospective students already holding a degree in Chemistry, cannot complete a Forensic Chemistry Specialist Program due to the overlap of course content for courses already completed in their first specialty.
  5. Students without pre- and co-requisites or written permission of the instructor can be de-registered from courses at any time.
  6. Once a student has been admitted into a FSC program stream, written authorization from the Forensic Science program advisor MUST be obtained for any request of change in a student's area of study within the Forensic Science program.