Bachelor of Forensic Science

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

Forensic investigators are skilled, dedicated professionals with the ability to keep an open mind and concentrate on hard evidence. In this degree, you will explore science in real life and receive training in handling criminal casework in forensic biology and forensic chemistry.You will develop in-depth knowledge of new forensic analysis methods and innovations, and gain valuable experience from real casework. You will practisepresenting expert evidence in moot courts. You will learn from academic staff who have been called to work on projects such as the forensic identification of victims of the Asian tsunami and the Bali bombings, and who provide expert evidence in Australian courts.In your first year, you will take core courses in biology, chemistry, molecular genetics and forensic investigation. In your second and third years, you willfocus on your chosen major and continue to develop your skills in core areas.MajorsForensic ChemistryForensic Molecular Biology


  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Systems
  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratory
  • Biotechniques Laboratory
  • Calculus I
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Chemistry 1B
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Forensic DNA Profiling
  • Forensic Evidence and the Expert Witness
  • Forensic Evidence Imaging and Documentation
  • Forensic Laboratory Accreditation and Quality Systems
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Human Biology: from Cells to Systems
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Chemical Techniques
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Language and Communication for Sciences
  • Linear Algebra
  • Listed electives and/or Free-choice electives
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • NMR and Structural Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry
  • Police, Courts and Corrections
  • Principles of Forensic Investigation
  • Protein Science
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Spectroscopic and Molecular Analysis
  • Statistics


Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study pathways

You may choose to undertake a fourth-year research honours degree, which can lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)).

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Nathan Campus International: $109,500 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Nathan Campus International: $117,000 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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