The B.S. in Forensic Science is for students seeking a law enforcement career outside of forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology, or digital forensics. Possible careers include crime scene processing and reconstruction, firearm and toolmark analysis, fingerprint analysis, forensic psychology, police officer, investigator, and Federal Special Agent. The degree in Forensic Science is combined with a second degree that is appropriate for the student’s intended career. Electives are chosen to support the career of interest and may include courses in Crime Scene Reconstruction, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Forensic Interviewing, Crime Scene Photography, Medicolegal Forensics, DNA for the Crime Scene Investigator, and many more. The number of candidates looking for a career in law enforcement is greater than the number of positions available. This includes commissioned and civilian positions. The candidate who successfully completes a concurrent degree in Forensic Science plus an additional degree such as Criminal Justice will stand out to potential employers.
- Students pursuing a degree in Forensic Science-General must also declare another degree.
- Students may pair any degree with Forensic Science-General with the exception of General Studies.
- Specific coursework is determined by a student’s primary degree and their specific career interests.
- All concurrent degree students must earn a minimum of 139 total credit hours.
Scholarships & Tuition Waivers
The Forensic Science Institute offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships to Forensic Science students. Students may begin applying for scholarships the spring semester of their first year to be applied the following school year.
Forensic Science career opportunities include:
- Crime Scene Technician
- Crime Scene or Death Scene Investigator
- Crime Scene Photographer
- Police Detective
- State/Federal/BIA/Tribal Investigator
- Federal Agent
- Military Investigator
- Crime or Intelligence Analyst
- Fingerprint Analyst
- Bloodstain Pattern Analyst
- Victim/Witness Advocate
- Forensic Accountant
- Forensic Psychologist/Behavioral Criminologist
- Forensic Artist
- Forensic Nurse
- Wildlife Forensic Technician/Scientist
- USFWS Investigator or State Game Warden/Park Ranger
- FAA/NTSB Investigator
Students can explore volunteer, research, and career opportunities in the field of Forensic Science by participating in various organizations, both at UCO and beyond. They allow students to get involved in the Forensic Science community early and provide them with opportunities to network with professionals already in the field.