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Using Science to Solve Crime

The field of forensic science is diverse and multi-faceted. Beginning with the collection of evidence at a crime scene, the use of forensic science is important throughout the legal process. Forensic Science degree programs explore the latest scientific methods used to investigate, solve and prosecute crime.

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What Will I Learn?

Students are introduced to and trained on the various forensic techniques used in the field and in the laboratory environment and the presentation of evidence in the courtroom. Selection of an emphasis area allows students to establish expertise within a specific dimension of forensic science. During their course of study, students are able to complete coursework in drug identification and analysis, DNA, fingerprinting, crime scene documentation, firearms identification and arson investigation, among others.

Forensic Science majors are strongly encouraged to consider an internship experience. Internships are a valuable educational tool that provides supervised field study in an agency or laboratory setting. Students may earn academic credit for approved experiences and obtain valuable career insight. Possible internship placements for forensics majors include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Law enforcement agencies (federal, state and local)
  2. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  3. State Crime Laboratory
  4. Private forensic laboratory

Forensics majors have exciting opportunities to travel to Canada and Washington, D.C. for unique learning opportunities during their course of study. While in Washington, D.C. students tour federal agencies and meet important leaders within the field of criminal justice and forensic science. In Canada, students are able to tour and interact with leaders within the Canadian forensic and legal system.

As a result of generous donations by our alumni and other contributors, we are able to make financial awards on an annual basis to our most competitive undergraduate students. Students should apply through the university GO system to be considered for available funding. These awards assist our students financially and allow us to acknowledge the hard work of our best and brightest.

Student Centered Education

Our faculty are prominent scholars in their respective areas of expertise. Through lecture and laboratory experiences, faculty strive to cultivate knowledge, understanding, analytical and technical skills in our students. Faculty serve as advisors and mentors for students to better assist them with career planning and degree completion. Student organizations provide valuable opportunities for our students to interact with faculty and professionals in the field which allow important connections in civic and campus life.


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School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security 

Arthell Kelley Hall, Suite 125
118 College Drive, # 5127
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Drug Analyst
  • Arson Investigator
  • DNA Analyst
  • Firearms Examiner
  • Fingerprint Technician
  • Ashlyn Harmon (2008)
    Postdoctoral researcher Louisiana State University
  • Sean Kochtitzky (2008)
    United States Army Forensic Science Defense Center
  • Ashlea Pettengill (2011)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation