Husson University introduces four new degree programs

Two hikers step onto the rocky cliffs at the Bold Coast in Cutler. Among the four new degree programs recently announced by Husson University is a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management. This degree will provide students with high-level skills in guest service, tourism, and travel, all desirable skills in Maine’s burgeoning tourism industry.
Two hikers step onto the rocky cliffs at the Bold Coast in Cutler. Among the four new degree programs recently announced by Husson University is a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management. This degree will provide students with high-level skills in guest service, tourism, and travel, all desirable skills in Maine’s burgeoning tourism industry.
Posted March 31, 2012, at 10:02 a.m.

Husson University will unveil four new degree programs this fall. Each program will offer graduating students a bachelor of science degree.

The new degree programs are:

• Forensic science. Made popular by CSI TV shows, the field of forensic science is expected to expand in the future. Students pursuing this degree at Husson will be ready to work in crime laboratories, law-enforcement agencies, and related medical fields. The science-intensive courses will focus on chemistry, biology, forensic science, and substantive, evidentiary, and procedural law.

“Employers in this in-demand field require a strong science background with excellent critical thinking skills,” said Marie Hansen, Husson University director of legal studies. “Our students will be exposed to evidence law, crime scene processing, testing and analyzing of typical forensic samples in the laboratory, and practice expert testimony in court.

“Husson’s comprehensive approach to learning, which includes hands-on experiences and preparation for certifications, will ensure students are ready to meet the comprehensive demands of this field,” she said.

• Software development. This program will prepare students in developing, creating, and modifying enterprise software or specialized utility programs and in developing customized software for clients to optimize operational efficiency.

This new program is offered in addition to Husson’s current computer information system program, providing students a new opportunity to pursue a more specific focus on either hardware or software.

• Environmental science. This program will prepare students for positions with local, state, and federal government agencies, private environmental organizations, or graduate schools in scientific or policy-related environmental disciplines.

Students will gain a strong foundation in the natural and physical processes that affect the functioning of the planet, as well as the social and political factors that influence environmental policy and management.

• Hospitality and tourism management. This program will provide students with high-level skills in guest service, tourism, and travel. Advanced hospitality courses, such as food and beverage cost controls, supervision, and leadership are included in the program.

Hands-on work experience in the form of hospitality internships will be a major component to the curriculum.

“The new degree programs reflect Husson’s commitment to providing students with a quality education that leads to a professional career,” said Husson President Robert Clark. “We anticipate a great interest in these offerings because they represent the needs of the workforce, both now and into the future.”

Students interested in enrolling in these degree programs or other offerings at Husson University should contact the Husson admissions office at 1-800-4HUSSON or admit@husson.edu.

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