Apr 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensics (Criminal Justice) BS

The forensics program at The University of Southern Mississippi is broad based and designed using the recommendations of the Technical Work Group on Education and Training in Forensic Science (TWGED). The program provides graduates with the knowledge base required to become highly-skilled crime scene investigators and crime laboratory technicians. Graduates are well versed in the relevant science, law and courtroom procedures required for successful careers.

The bachelor’s degree in forensic science is designed to develop:

  1. critical-thinking skills;
  2. problem-solving skills;
  3. expertise regarding crime scenes, physical evidence, the interface between law and science, ethics and professional responsibility, and quality assurance;
  4. expertise in forensic toxicology, drug identification, arson, explosives and crime scene documentation; and
  5. skills necessary to understand the legal environment and to testify effectively in legal proceedings.

The forensics program provides education for students pursuing careers as forensic investigators, crime laboratory technicians, or graduate school. The emphasis in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to pursue employment as crime scene investigators.

Forensics (Criminal Justice) BS Degree Requirements (124 hours)  

Forensics (Criminal Justice) BS Semester Guide  

Availability: Hattiesburg Campus

Admission Requirements: See University Admission Policies  

Program Academic Policies and Requirements: See University Academic Policies and Requirements