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The Forensic Science Capstone is a requirement for all Forensic Science students and is to be taken the semester prior to, or during, your graduation semester (Summer semester is considered its own semester). Refer to the degree sheet for which Capstone options are allowed in your specific program. The following Capstone process, requirements, and deadlines apply to all capstone options:

  • FRSC 4900 Practicum in Forensic Science 
  • FRSC 4950 Internship in Forensic Science 
  • FRSC 4930 Individual Study in Forensic Science
  • FRSC 4940 Field Wildlife Forensic Science 

Capstone Application Deadlines

  • Spring Capstone: apply the prior August 1 – September 7
  • Summer or Fall Capstone: apply the prior January 1 – February 7

The Capstone application and capstone advising appointment must both be completed before the deadline.

Application appointments are unavailable on days campus is closed. Refer to UCO academic calendar for campus closings.

Late applications will not be accepted. Students who miss the application period must wait until the next application period to apply.

 

Capstone Eligibility Checklist

  • Students must have the following to participate in a capstone:
    • FRSC 2503 Intro to Forensic Science
    • FRSC 3043 Crime Scene Processing
    • FRSC 3123 Criminal Procedure
    • FRSC 4253 Forensic Science Analysis & Lab
    • Most, if not all, forensic science electives
  • Meet all GPA and graduation requirements for both degrees
  • Capstone must be completed the semester prior to or during your graduation semester
    (Summer semester is considered its own semester)
  • Refer to the degree sheet for which capstone options are allowed in your specific program

Capstone Comprehensive Exam

All forensic science capstone students must take the Comprehensive Exam. This exam covers topics from FRSC 2503 Intro to Forensic Science, FRSC 3043 Crime Scene Processing, FRSC 3123 Criminal Procedure, and FRSC 4253 Forensic Science Analysis & Lab. The exam is 20% of the final grade for capstone.

Comp Exam Study Guide

Capstone Process

  • The capstone application must be submitted before your appointment. 
  • Students must meet with the Forensic Science Advisor before the deadline to receive a degree check, transcripts, and to ensure your FRSC Capstone application has been properly completed - by appointment only. 
  • After the deadline, applications will be reviewed and students placed according to their preferences, GPA, primary degree, and Forensic electives.  
  • Students will be notified via their UCO email of their placement shortly after the deadline, and be given permission to enroll in the appropriate corresponding Capstone course. 
  • Capstone applications do not roll over to the next semester. Students who apply for Capstone and are placed, but fail to enroll themselves in the correct course or choose to complete it at a later time, must reapply before the next Capstone deadline. 
  • All FRSC Capstone options will have their own syllabus with assignments and require a comprehensive exam that covers FRSC 2503, 3043, 3123, and 4253. 

 Capstone ApplicationSUBMIT APPLICATION

Questions

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FRSC 4900: Practicum in Forensic Science

The Forensic Science Practicum (3 hours) is an off-campus internship opportunity that requires students to complete 120 hours at a Practicum site. Most sites require additional paperwork, such as agency-specific applications, background checks, polygraphs, etc. Students will develop a work schedule with their assigned supervisor and each site will have their own specific requirements. All Practicum students will receive a syllabus with assignments are required to take a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. 

Practicum placements are limited and therefore very competitive. Students who apply for an off-campus site but are not placed will be reserved a seat in the FRSC 4950 Internship class as long as they apply before the deadline.

It is crucial to read the Capstone FAQ early and often to learn about the Practicum sites and their eligibility requirements. Each Practicum sites require different classes and in order to qualify for your preferred Practicum site you must take the required classes before applying for the Practicum.

Potential Practicum sites:

  • UCO Cold Case Unit
  • OSBI Forensic Science Center
  • ARL Laboratory, Oklahoma City
  • DNA Solutions, Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma City Police Department, Laboratory
  • Oklahoma City Police Department, Crime Scene
  • Norman Police Department
  • Edmond Police Department, Tech Inv Unit
  • Edmond Police Department, Digital Lab
  • Rape Crisis Center, YWCA, Oklahoma City
  • Student Conduct Office, UCO
  • Bell & Rhodes Accounting
  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation (Special Summer deadline: January 28th)
  • FAA Bioaeronautical Research Laboratory
  • Midwest City Police Department Crime Lab
  • Oklahoma Innocence Project
  • Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Department of Corrections in Oklahoma City (DOC)
  • Mary Abbott Children's House
  • Oklahoma Indigent Defense System
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FRSC 4950: Internship in Forensic Science

The Internship in Forensic Science (3 hours) is an on-campus Capstone option that will explore and validate the skills acquired by students over the course of their forensic science training. Each student’s experience will vary based on their area of interest as they proceed through the entire investigative process. Activities may include:

  • Drafting and executing a search warrant at a mock scene
  • Processing and collecting evidence at a mock scene
  • Performing the requested laboratory analyses for evidence collected
  • Drafting laboratory reports summarizing findings of laboratory analyses
  • Testifying as an expert witness of evidence collection and analysis in a Moot Court

All Internship course students will receive a syllabus with assignments and be required to take a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester.

FRSC 4930: Individual Study in Forensic Science 

The Individual Study in Forensic Science (3 hours) involves a field or research experience in a study selected by the student and a supervising instructor. Students must meet with a prospective instructor prior to completing the Individual Study application to discuss an appropriate project and obtain his or her permission. 

Capstone students must complete both the Capstone and Individual Study applications, and meet all Capstone eligibility requirements and deadlines. Specific course requirements will be determined by the instructor, but all Capstone students are still required to take the comprehensive exam. 

If using FRSC 4930 as an elective, students need only complete the Individual Study application and return it to their supervising instructor by November 15th for Spring or April 15th for Summer or Fall. Cannot be used for both an elective and Capstone.

Individual Study Application 

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Marine Crime Scene Processing

FRSC 4940: Field Wildlife Forensic Science

The Field Wildlife Forensic Science course (3 hours) is a unique and exciting opportunity for students interested in maritime forensic science, wildlife pathology, and conservation to explore new career paths and apply their forensic science skills in an oceanic environment.

Capstone students must complete both the FRSC Capstone and Field Wildlife Forensic course applications, and meet all Capstone eligibility requirements and deadlines. Students will receive a syllabus with assignments and be required to take the comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. 

Field Wildlife course applications are due February 11, 2022.

For more information about additional course fees, dates, and deadlines, please visit the Field Wildlife Forensic Science page.

Field Wildlife Forensic Science Application

Student Capstone Reflections

FSI Capstone Reflections