Faculty Profiles

Dr. Harvey Hou
Associate Professor of Forensic Science
Dr. Harvey Hou Profile

Dr. Harvey Hou Profile

One of Alabama State University’s newest and most exciting programs of study is forensic science, where Dr. Harvey Hou is helping to prepare students to enter the in-demand career field.

Hou, associate professor of forensic science in ASU's College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wuhan University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Peking University. He is a native of Beijing, China.

Although Hou has taught at several universities, he says that ASU is the first university that welcomed him not only as a faculty member, but also as a member of a family.

“I really like the slogan, ‘It’s a great time to be Hornet,’” Hou said. “When I hear this sentence, I feel it’s a warm welcome to the University, and that I’ve become a part of a family.”

Hou moved to Montgomery in July of 2011 with his wife and three children, after previously teaching at Rockefeller University in New York, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and UMass Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Mass.

He said that as a professor in one of the University’s newest fields of study, he is proud to have a role in the transformation of ASU’s academic offerings.

“I’m really excited about the transformation, particularly the forensic science program,” Hou said. “I hope to make a real difference in the lives of students. There’s a lot of opportunity in this field.”

Hou believes that the new program, which offers the Bachelor of Science degree in forensic chemistry and the Master of Science degree in forensic science, is a powerful marketing and research tool for the University.

“The program isn’t offered everywhere, so it’s very limited and new,” Hou said. “There’s a market for professional people in this field because law enforcement currently hires chemistry and biology majors, but here at ASU we are preparing students to be forensic professionals.”