Capstone Experience in Forensic Science

Practicum in Forensic Science (FRSC 4900):

Practicum Application

     Applications are due –
       February 7 for a Fall semester Practicum
       September 7 for a Spring semester Practicum
       February 7 for a Summer semester Practicum
 
The Forensic Science Practicum (3 credit hours) will involve a field experience requiring a substantial time commitment (120 hours) in a setting selected by the instructor of record in conjunction with the Practicum student. The student desiring to enroll in the Practicum must work with the instructor well in advance of the beginning of the Practicum as there is often a significant time requirement to meet with the Practicum site host, complete appropriate paperwork (which may include background checks), establish a report date, work out a Practicum work schedule, and complete administrative requirements. This process may take as long as three months. This syllabus gives general information and each host site will have specific requirements.  For more detailed information, please see the “Practicum Application instructions” link.  A complete application packet contains:
  • Forensic Science Degree Check with your advisor
  • Forensic Science Institute Practicum application
  • UCO transcript (unofficial)

Statement on drug abuse and background checks related to the Forensic Science Program:

Individuals seeking careers in forensic science and related fields are subject to background checks as they will work with sensitive information. These careers demand a high level of trust, unquestioned ethics, and professionalism. Students pursuing a degree in forensic science can also expect a background check as part of the required internship or practicum program. A background investigation typically includes review of arrest or conviction records; drug and alcohol use and abuse screening; review of credit reports; interview of friends, teachers, and supervisors; and possibly a polygraph examination. Issues derived from background investigations often preclude internships and employment in forensic science or related fields.  Even though law enforcement agencies may differ in specific policies, tolerance levels, and practices related to the background investigation, it is unlikely that a candidate failing a background check will be accepted for an internship or able to secure employment in the forensic science field.

Potential Practicum sites:

       Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
       OSBI Forensic Science Center
       AT&T Digital Forensics Laboratory
       Edmond Police Department, Tech Inv Unit
       ARL Laboratory, OKC
       DNA Solutions, OKC
       Oklahoma City Police Dept., Crime Scene
       Oklahoma City Police Dept., Laboratory
       Rape Crisis Center, YWCA, Oklahoma City
       Psychological and Forensic Services
       Student Conduct Office, UCO
       Midwest City Police Department Crime Lab
       Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
       Norman Police Department
       Arkansas State Crime Laboratory

Students will also participate in a Comprehensive Exam.

Individual Study in Forensic Science (FRSC 4930):

Individual Study Application

  Applications are due-
     April 15 for a Fall semester Individual Study
     November 15 for a Spring semester Individual Study
     April 15 for a Summer semester Individual Study

The Individual Study in Forensic Science (3 credit hours) will involve a field or research experience requiring a substantial time commitment in a study selected by the instructor of record in conjunction with the student. The student desiring to enroll in the Individual Study must work with the instructor well in advance to prepare for the study. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a prospective instructor and obtain his or her permission prior to enrollment in Individual Study.

Students will also participate in a Comprehensive Exam.

Internship in Forensic Science (FRSC 4950):

Internship/Practicum Application

The Internship in Forensic Science is designed as a capstone experience.  This course will explore and validate the skills acquired by students over the course of their forensic science training. During the semester, students will receive a series of summary lectures/discussions of crime scene processing topics and procedures and review material from previous courses. Students will process a dual murder scene covering all relevant disciplines in forensic science.  They will also:
     o Draft a search warrant.
     o Execute a search warrant at suspects’ residence (mock scene)
     o Assemble and finalize scene-processing documentation
     o Perform the requested laboratory analyses
     o Draft laboratory reports summarizing findings of laboratory analyses

Coursework will culminate with a Moot Court regarding the search and analysis.

Students will also participate in a Comprehensive Exam.


Study Tour in Forensic Science (FRSC 4970)