B.Sc Forensic Science

Overview

Forensic science is defined as the application of scientific methods and processes in solving crime, both civil and criminal. During the course of an investigation, forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence. Physical evidence is collected from an object, person or crime scene, analyzed in a forensic laboratory and then the results presented in court. Each crime scene is unique and each case presents its own challenges.
The study of forensic science is grounded in fundamental concepts and techniques gathered from the natural sciences. The study involves a multi-disciplinary approach, largely covering biological methods and analytical chemistry techniques. Forensic science is, indeed, a multi-disciplinary and broad field, covering an array of sub-disciplines.

Philosophy

The Philosophy of Forensic Science Programme is to programme is to prepare graduates with necessary skills and knowledge to examine and analyse evidence from crime scenes, and/or suspects to develop findings that can assist crime investigation and prosecution.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. students will develop a thorough understanding of modern scientific principles of crime scene investigation, particularly evidence collection and preservation;
  2. students will receive intensive training in forensic laboratory methodology so as to examine and analyse evidences.
  3. students will develop effective written and oral communication skills for presentation of their findings in the court of law;
  4. students will develop and appreciate the importance of interaction between law and enforcement agents, scientists and legal professionals;
  5. students will develop and appreciate the importance of a high sense of professionalism and ethical behaviour; and
  6. students will acquire advanced knowledge through research studies

Employable Skills
21st Century Skills
Unique Features
Admission Requirements
Graduation Requirements
  1. Analytical Chemist
  2. Arson & Fire Investigator
  3. Ballistics Expert
  4. Blood Spatter Analyst
  5. Biomedical Scientist
  6. Crime Scene Investigator
  7. Crime Lab Analyst
  8. Crime Scene Photographer
  9. Computer Forensic Investigator
  10. Detective
  11. Digital Forensic Analyst/Officer
  12. Fingerprint Analyst
  13. Forensic Accountant
  14. Forensic Anthropologist
  15. Forensic Artist
  16. Forensic Ballistics Analyst
  17. Forensic Hypnotist
  18. Forensic Investigator
  19. Forensic Odontologist
  20. Forensic Pathologist
  21. Forensic Serologist
  22. Forensic Scientist
  23. Forensic Psychologist
  24. Forensic Toxicologist
  25. Latent Print Examiner
  26. Mobile Forensic Analyst

Among the 21st Century skills for the programme are:

  1. Critical thinking (quantitative reasoning and problem solving)
  2. Computer proficiency
  3. Observation and attention to details
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Public speaking
  6. Oral and written presentation

Forensic Science is unique in the following respects:

  1. applies the methods and techniques of all the established sciences to legal matters;
  2. uses unique investigative techniques in the evaluation of samples taken at crime scenes; and
  3. addresses issues associated with the law.

Candidates can be admitted into the B. Sc. Forensic Science degree programme by one of the following two ways:

  • Indirect Entry
  • Direct Entry (DE)
    Indirect Entry Mode
    The minimum academic requirement is credit level passes at Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at not more than two sittings. In addition, an acceptable pass in the following Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) subjects is also required for admission into 100 Level: English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
    Direct Entry Mode
    Candidates seeking admission into B. Sc. Forensic Science programme through Direct Entry must have two passes at GCE ‘A’ Level/IJMB or its equivalent in Biology, Chemistry or Physics to be considered for admission into 200 Level.

To qualify for the award of B.Sc. Forensic Science degree, a student must satisfy the following
requirements:

  • pass a minimum of 120 Units (for UTME candidates) and 90 Units (for DE candidates) including all
    compulsory course

Course Structure

100 Level
200 Level
300 Level
400 Level
Course Code Course Title Units Status LH PH
GST 111 Communication in English 2 C 15 45
GST 112 Nigerian Peoples and Culture 2 C 30  
COS 101 Introduction to Computing Science 3 C 30 45
MTH 101 Elementary Mathematics I 2 C 30
MTH 102 Elementary Mathematics II 2 C 30
FRS 102 Introductory Forensic Science 2 C 30
  Total 13      
Course Code Course Title Unit(s) Status LH PH
GST 212 Philosophy, Logic and Human Existence 2 C 30
ENT 211 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2 C 15 45
CYB 201 Fundamentals of Cyber Security I 1 C 15
FRS 201 Footwear and Tire Track Examination 2 C 30
FRS 203 Forensic Audio and Video Analysis 2 C 30
FRS 205 Forensic Entomology 2 C 30
LAW 211 Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists 2 C 30
PSY 215 Forensic Psychology 2 C 30
CYB 202 Fundamentals of Cyber Security II 2 C 30
FRS 202 Crime Scene Investigation 2 C 30
FRS 204 Trace Evidence 2 C 30
FRS 206 Forensic Microbiology 2 C 30
LAW 212 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 2 C 30
  Total 25      
Course Code Course Title Unit(s) Status LH PH
GST 312 Peace and Conflict Resolution 2 C 30
ENT 312 Venture Creation 2 C 15 45
FRS 301 Introduction to Forensic Serology 2 C 30
FRS 303 Forensic Practical I 1 C 45
FRS 307 Research Methodology 3 C 45
FRS 308 Forensic Practical II 1 C 45
FRS 302 Fingerprint 2 C 30
FRS 305 Forensic Odontology 2 C 30
FRS 306 Forensic Toxicology 2 C 30
FRS 399 SIWES 3 C 12 weeks
  Total 20      
Course Code Course Title Unit(s) Status LH PH
FRS 401 Introduction to Questioned Documents 2 C 30
FRS 402 Forensic Pathology 2 C 30
FRS403 Forensic Ballistics 3 C 45
FRS 404 DNA Fingerprinting 2 C 30
FRS 405 Forensic Practical   III 2 C 90
FRS 406 Forensic Practical IV 2 C 90
FRS 404 Forensic Anthropology 2 C 30
FRS409 Applied Forensic Physics 2 C 30
FRS 410 Entrepreneurship for Forensic Scientists 2 C 30
FRS 499 Final Year Research Project 6 C 270
  Total 25