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Laboratory Frequently Asked Questions
A: To become a Criminalist a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university is required. Each discipline has specific degree requirements, so visit the appropriate
discipline of interest to learn more.
The Criminalist position is broken down into three levels:
Level I is an entry level position
Level II requires at least one year of full time experience working as a Criminalist in a forensic laboratory
Level III requires at least three years of full time experience working as a Criminalist in a forensic laboratory
Specific education requirements:
For a Forensic Biology position coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics or Population Genetics is preferred.
For a Forensic Chemistry position coursework in General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II is required.
For a Forensic Toxicology position 24 credit hours of chemistry coursework is required.
Click here for more information on the employment process and opportunities at the OSBI.
A: For more information on the program, please click here. University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) students should coordinate the practicum through Dr.
Adams. The OSBI participates in a practicum student program, in which college students can partake. There is an online application that must be
completed and returned. In addition, please submit a copy of your transcript with the application. Applicants from universities that are not partnered with the OSBI will
need a faculty sponsor and to be enrolled for college credit in a course compatible with the field of interest. A letter of recommendation from your faculty sponsor
along with the application materials must be mailed to:
OSBI Practicum Program
800 E. 2nd Street
Edmond, OK 73034
The practicum program will typically involve a short rotation through the OSBI forensic units, and each student will then be assigned a specific discipline where he/she will
gain some laboratory experience in that particular discipline.
The application for the practicum program must be submitted before the following dates:
A spring semester practicum application be must received no later than the third week in September prior to the spring semester.
A summer semester practicum application must be received no later than the third week in February prior to the summer semester.
A fall semester practicum application must be received no later than the third week in February prior to the fall semester.
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A: Click here for the evidence submission forms.
A: The Ten-Print Unit is housed at the OSBI headquarters building in Oklahoma City. This unit handles the processing and filing of all known fingerprint and palm print cards that are submitted.
Known print cards are submitted for civilian functions, such as obtaining a gun license, as well as for criminal processing. All print cards are compiled into the state repository.
The Latent Evidence Unit is housed at the OSBI Forensic Science Center building in Edmond. This unit handles the comparison and processing of latent prints obtained from crime scenes, as
well as the identification of deceased individuals.
A: Yes, a tour of the OSBI Forensic Science Center laboratory can be arranged. For more information on setting up a tour click here.
A: Please click here for all information regarding handgun licensing. The Firearms and Toolmarks Unit is NOT responsible for handgun licensing and can provide no information
concerning your handgun licensing application, etc.
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