Forensic Science

Biochemistry and Forensic Science Co-op gives you a head start exploring career options with the opportunity to work in various industries and research topics. Many of our placements will put you at the cutting edge of science and will give you an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in school. Your work experience will take the form of three or four consecutive four-month work placements in a variety of different employers including biochemical research and analytical testing. Co-op placements begin after your 3rd academic year and take place in organizations throughout Canada or internationally. Completion of at least three work terms is required in order to receive a Co-op designation on your transcript.

Application Deadlines

Apply in Year  Application Deadline Date   
3 Thursday, October 7, 2021


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

If you wish to apply to Forensic Science Co-op, you must be a third-year student enrolled in the Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science option through UBC/BCIT.

  • Have a minimum average of around B- (68%)
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, English and the sciences
  • Good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrated leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrated interest in your chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland

Work-Term Schedules

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4        -
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8        -

This highly recommended schedule enables students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your coordinator.  

Sample Jobs and Companies

Bureau Veritas Laboratories
Join our talented team of experts in the scientific field to advance your technical knowledge and advance your career. Every day we go above and beyond to deliver innovative solutions to help our clients make important decisions that directly impact the community and the environment. Forensic Equine Drug Testing Department is seeking a Co-op student to perform sample preparation and sample extraction of equine biological matrix samples. This role may involve the analysis of extracts via instrumentation including liquid chromatography and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography in tandem with high resolution mass spectrometry. Students will gain full knowledge with respect to performing analytical procedures and assigned tasks with related quality control techniques.


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

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