Hear from current students in the Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS SPECIALTY?
"It's an interesting subject and I would love to pursue a career that is not the typical type of workplace. Also, since this is a dual degree, it does save a lot of time and money in the long run."
"Personally, I was interested in this program because I knew I wanted to pursue a science degree but I also wanted to apply that science degree. The thought of going into "normal" biochemistry or chemistry seemed boring to me, and I think that's why Forensic Science sparked my interest; I love that we get to learn the science, but then also learn how we can actually use it in real life."
"I chose this major because I always had an interest in crime and forensics. As well, being in BCIT and UBC, you get the advantage of spending less time to receive both a degree and a certificate. You can also experience the two different environments both institutions offer."
WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE MOST IN THIS SPECIALTY?
"I can honestly say that the best part about this program so far has been the people. From group mental breakdowns to group celebrations, we have been through it all; and I wouldn't have it any other way. These beautiful human beans have become my family and my home, and I can't imagine life without them."
"The size of our program is small and I really like that."
"This past year, what I have enjoyed the most is how everyone in the program tries to help each other. As this is an honours program, there are many courses to take and it can get physically and mentally draining. However, the group tries their best to help each other in our courses. :)"
WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?
"Manage your time wisely and be ready to commit to it."
"Look at how much the assignment is worth before you start. Don't spend all your time on a lab report worth 2% of your final grade when you have a 20% final the next day!"
"Really think through whether you can handle the commuting between the two institutions (Vancouver to Burnaby, etc.) and the course load. You must take at least 30 credits each winter term so that is around 5-6 courses each term. This can be really stressful, so I hope students believe they can handle this before joining the program."