SUNO to launch Forensic Science Degree Program
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southern University at New Orleans proudly announces the introduction of a new academic program after earning approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents earlier this week. The University will be offering a 120-credit-hour Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science program. The addition is part of SUNO’s commitment to developing career-ready degree programs for its students.
“We conducted a tremendous amount of research and enlisted the support of our partners within the local law enforcement community in the development of the Forensic Science program,” said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “This will be the only undergraduate program in Forensic Science in the state of Louisiana, and with the increasing demand for qualified individuals in this field SUNO and its graduates are poised to have a great impact on criminal justice in this region.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job growth in forensic science is predicted to be near 20 percent over the next six years. The Forensic Science degree program is a natural complement for the University’s successful BS and MS programs in Criminal Justice.
Dr. Ukpolo continued, “Through discussions with our student body, we are certain that the interest in the baccalaureate degree program in Forensic Science would be a welcomed addition to the campus. Our science majors view this as an attractive and exciting option as they prepare for their career pursuits. SUNO also makes the program accessible to students who may not be able to otherwise pursue it, keeping in line with our long standing mission to our community.”
The program will be housed in the Department of Natural Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. SUNO will be seeking accreditation for the program with the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).
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