Oklahoma Christian University this fall will offer a bachelor of science major in forensic science. Bill Luttrell, chairman of the school’s chemistry and physics department, said the field of forensic science has been growing in popularity with students.
"The interest level among students has been rising since we began offering summer forensic science workshops several years ago,” Luttrell said. "This degree will prepare our students for entry-level positions in the forensic science profession or graduate school.” OC’s laboratories recently were renovated and additional lab renovations will be completed this fall, Luttrell said. The instructors will include Luttrell, a toxicologist who has written a toxicology textbook and regularly publishes toxicology technical papers; Howard Vogel, who has a doctorate in analytical chemistry and experience in arson investigation; Len Feuerhelm, who has a doctorate of physics degree and a law degree and once worked for the CIA; and Amanda Nichols, who has a doctorate in chemistry and is an inorganic chemist with interests in forensic science. "We will use our existing chemistry core curriculum, three current forensic science courses, introduction to forensic science, forensic analysis and practicum in forensic science, along with two new courses — forensic science and the law, and forensic toxicology — to complete the major,” Luttrell said. The school has a working relationship with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center in Edmond, where three OC students are currently interning, he said. For more information, go to oc.edu. Ron Frost is a spokesman for OC.