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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.

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.


Degree Plan Availability
Forensics (Anthropology) BS, Forensics (Biological Sciences) BSHattiesburg
Forensics (Chemistry and Biochemistry) BS, Forensics (Criminal Justice) BSHattiesburg

Contact Us

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