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Field Wildlife Forensic Science 

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Summer 2020 June 22-29, 2020

Application Due: February 11th, 2020 by 5:00 PM 

Are you interested in a unique hands-on learning experience in Maritime Forensic Science and Marine Mammal Pathology? Our Field Wildlife Forensic Science course allows students to actively participate in classroom lectures, practical field exercises and laboratory sessions all targeted at providing a realistic introduction to the world of marine forensic science.

 Students will travel to Portsmouth, NH and board a boat heading to SHOALS Marine Lab, located on Appledore Island just off the coast of Maine. There they will spend a week alongside faculty, students, and researchers from all over the country as they learn more about Wildlife Forensics, explore new career paths, and sharpen their forensic science skills. 

  • Open to all Forensic Science and Biology students.
  • Additional preparatory sessions at UCO May 2020 and post-course session July 2020.
  • Students are responsible for tuition and fees, materials, and travel expenses to Portsmouth.
  • Additional $2,500 course cost includes island room and board,  three meals per day (island only), island transportation, classroom and laboratory facilities, WiFi, Whale Watch and Seal Colony/Island Cruise. 
  • Specific payment information and deadlines can be found on the Field Wildlife Application.

Field Wildlife Tour as FRSC Capstone

  • This course can fulfill both the Forensic Science Capstone and Biology Capstone requirements (if also using for Biology Capstone, student must get approval from Biology department).
  • Capstone students must complete both the FRSC Capstone Application and the Field Wildlife Application, and also meet all FRSC Capstone eligibility requirements and deadlines. 
  • Students will receive a syllabus with assignments, and will be required to take the comprehensive Capstone exam at the end of the semester. 

Field Wildlife Tour as Forensic Elective

  • This course can also be taken as a Forensic Science elective, but cannot count for both an elective AND the FRSC Capstone.
  • Students using the Field Wildlife Tour as an elective only need to fill out the Field Wildlife Application

Field Wildlife Tour Informational Flyer

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