Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

Please contact our Academic Program Coordinator with any questions:
Jenny Johnson
(405) 974-6916

The Forensic Science undergraduate degree program is one component of a concurrent degree program. Students must declare an appropriate major* in addition to Forensic Science. Students will satisfy all requirements in an existing undergraduate program at UCO and, at the same time, complete requirements for a concurrent degree in Forensic Science. There are two primary mechanisms for earning the Forensic Science degree:

(A) To earn a degree in Forensic Science, students must satisfy all requirements in an existing undergraduate program at UCO and concurrently complete 30 - 36 required hours in one of the Forensic Science Program tracks. In addition, students earning a concurrent degree must complete a minimum of 139 credit hours with 30 unique hours in each major. Students earning a concurrent degree will receive two diplomas.

(B) A student possessing an appropriate undergraduate degree can obtain an additional degree in Forensic Science by meeting the admission standards at UCO and completing 30-36 hours in one of the Forensic Science Program tracks.

*General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies or similar degrees are not allowed to be the concurrent degree or first degree when pursuing a degree in Forensic Science at UCO.

 Please see your academic advisor for detailed information regarding concurrent degree and second degree requirements.

Forensic Science Degrees

Students who successfully complete a degree program in Forensic Science will:

*     Acquire and retain foundational knowledge from the core discipline areas and apply it to an understanding of the continuum from crime scenes to courtrooms.
*     Apply the scientific method to forensic science problems: review and interpret forensic science literature; develop well-reasoned, scientifically sound hypotheses; design experiments to test hypotheses; statistically analyze and interpret data and communicate results in written and oral formats.
*     Communicate forensic science information clearly, concisely, logically, and accurately, to the general public both orally and in writing.
*     Function as knowledgeable citizens with an understanding of the role of forensic scientists in society and offer ethical, well-reasoned arguments/solutions to societal concerns related to forensic science.
*     Demonstrate global and cultural competencies (avenues for learning might include study tours, guest lectures featuring international experts in forensic science, reading materials, and community engagement activities).
*     Comprehend and demonstrate a working knowledge of safe and healthy practices in forensic science through adherence to accepted quality assurance standards and health and safety procedures.

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