Forensic Science

Forensic Science is one of the high-need subject areas in STEM fields at the national level and, more specifically, in the state of Louisiana. While nationwide, the number of Forensic Science graduates is high, the number is dismal among people of color. Southern University at New Orleans is the only Historically Black College and University to offer a Forensic Science program.

Located in the Department of Natural Sciences, the Forensic Science program is designed to effectively train students to prepare them for advanced degrees and to join the workforce in areas related to Forensic Science, including DNA analysis, drug chemistry and firearms. 

Job Growth Expected

The role played by forensic scientists is critical to our justice system in providing accurate scientific information to investigators and the courts. As the technology advances, more importance than 
ever has been given to Forensic Science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job growth in Forensic Science is predicted to be near 20 percent over the next six years. There is a tremendous need for individuals with this specialized training.


The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree requires the completion of 125 credit hours of core and Forensic Science coursework. The program has been developed in order to provide students with the types of skills and information that are necessary for success in Forensic Science.


The total enrollment at SUNO has grown every year since Hurricane Katrina. Despite projections that the University's enrollment would only reach between 1,200 and 1,500 students in the spring of 2006, more than 2,000 students returned to campus. SUNO's current enrollment is 2,704 students.