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UCO Ranked Among the Top in Nation for Forensic Biology

UCO student wearing a lab coat examining forensic evidence

May 14, 2020

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106, sward24@uco.edu

UCO Ranked Among the Top in Nation for Forensic Biology

The University of Central Oklahoma is ranked as a top institution for forensic biology according to a recent national ranking by Forensics Colleges. Central ranked six out of 15 and is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. 

Programs were ranked in areas based on the hands-on skills with laboratory classes, seminars and internships or field study offered through the program. Other factors that were considered included the facilities at a university, its partnerships and career placement opportunities.

Central offers a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science with a molecular biology concentration. The program is offered as part of the Central’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute (FSI) and requires a concurrent degree in biology and 36 additional credits in forensic biology coursework for a second bachelor’s degree in forensic science – molecular biology.  

“This recognition illustrates the commitment of the Forensic Science Institute to offer our students an education in forensic biology that prepares them for employment in our nation’s crime laboratories,” said Dwight Adams, Ph.D., director of the FSI at UCO.            

“We are honored to be named alongside other equally impressive programs in forensic science.”

Upon graduation, students will have satisfied the Quality Assurance Standards for education issued by the FBI for nationwide employment in forensic DNA laboratories. The Forensic Biology degree program at Central is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

To view a complete list of rankings, visit www.forensicscolleges.com/blog/resources/15-top-forensic-biology-programs.

For more information about Central, visit www.uco.edu

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma is ranked as a top institution for forensic biology according to a recent national ranking by Forensics Colleges. Central ranked six out of 15 and is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. Pictured, a UCO student examines forensic evidence in the UCO FSI.