BANGOR, Maine — Husson University announced Monday that it has added four new degree programs to its list of academic offerings.

Beginning with the 2012 fall semester, students can sign up for bachelor of science degree programs in forensic science, software development, hospitality and tourism management and environmental science.

The field of forensic science is expected to expand in the near and distant future, Husson said in a news release.

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in forensic science will be prepared for positions at crime laboratories, police departments and medical settings. Course work will be science-intensive, focused on chemistry, biology and forensic science as well as substantive, evidentiary and procedural law, Husson said.

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

“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 added.

The bachelor’s in software development 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, Husson said.

The new degree program is offered in addition to Husson’s long-standing Computer Information System program and aims to provide students a new opportunity to pursue a more specific focus on either hardware or software.

The environmental science degree program is designed to prepare students for positions with local, state and federal government agencies, private environmental organizations or graduate school in scientific or policy-related environmental disciplines.

Husson said 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.

The hospitality and tourism management program will provide students with high-level skills in guest service, tourism and travel, Husson said. Advanced offerings in hospitality — such as food and beverage cost controls, supervision and leadership — also are part of the program.

Hands-on work experience will be a major component of the curriculum, which comes in the form of hospitality internships. The program has been a concentration until now, but due to its popularity, it has become its own degree program, Husson said.

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

Students interested in enrolling in these or other programs should contact the Husson admissions office at 800-4HUSSON or