Spring 2019 - CRIM 358 D100

Forensic Entomology (3)

Class Number: 7139

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101. Recommended: CRIM 320 or equivalent.



Forensic entomology is the study of the insects associated with a dead body. This course will introduce students to entomology and its applications to law. Instruction will include lectures, tutorials and also laboratories where students will handle, dissect and identify a variety of insects. Students with credit for CRIM 318 (Introduction to Forensic Entomology or Forensic Entomology) prior to Fall 2017 may not take this course for further credit.


Forensic entomology is the study of the insects associated with a dead body in order to estimate the minimum elapsed time since death as well as other factors such as whether the body has been moved, disturbed, wounded or poisoned. It can also be used in SPCA and wildlife cases and in cases of human neglect or abuse. This course will introduce students to entomology and its applications to law.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will: 1.      Develop a general understanding and appreciation for insects and their role in the world. 2.      Gain hands on, practical experience in insect handling, dissection and identification 3.      Understand the value of entomology in a death investigation and know how to collect insects at a crime scene 4.      Comprehend the basic scientific and entomological principles behind the use of insects in death investigations 5.      Comprehend the analytical methods used in forensic entomology to age insects and hence estimate elapsed time since death 6.      Recognize the factors that impact estimating time since death 7.      Appreciate when and where forensic entomology is important as well as recognize its limitations


  • Tutorial/Laboratory Participation and Attendance (will include several assessed exercises) 25%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 45%



The Science of Forensic Entomology. 2014. Rivers, D.B. and Dahlem, G.A. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-119-94037-1

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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