The Forensic Science concentration is provided by the College of Pharmacy. It consists of 18 credits of required courses and a further 14 credits of electives covering a wide range of forensic disciplines. Please note, of the 14 elective credits required for the degree, at least 4 credits need to be a PHA course number. Courses in forensic medicine, forensic anthropology, drug analysis, toxicology, entomology, criminalistics, environmental forensics, biological evidence, blood spatter and forensic DNA analysis are available. This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:
Upon completion of the program, your diploma will state Master of Science in Pharmacy issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. Your transcripts will read Master of Science in Pharmacy, graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration Forensic Science.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits||Spring||Summer||Fall|
|PHA 6853*||Biological Evidence and Serology||3||x||x|
|VME 6613*||Forensic Toxicology I||3||x||x|
|VME 6766*||Laboratory QA/QC||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935*||Principles of Forensic Science||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935*||Applied Statistics for Data Analysis||3||x||x||x|
|*It is required that students complete all required core courses before registering for the Special Topics and Literature Survey during their final semester.|
|PHA 6936*||Literature Survey (Forensic Science)||2||x||x||x|
|PHA 6936*||Special Topics in Forensic Science (on location in Gainesville)||1||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Toxicology of Chemical Weapons||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Advanced Criminalistics 2||3||x||x|
|PHA 6856||Blood Distribution and Spatter||3||x||x|
|PHA 6425||Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Environmental Forensics 1||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Environmental Forensics 2||3||x||x|
|PHA 6851||Forensic Analysis of DNA||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Forensic Anthropology I||4||x||x||x|
|PHA 6855||Forensic Genetics||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6854||Forensic Immunology||3||x||x|
|VME 6934||Forensic Medicine I||4||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Forensic Medicine II||4||x||x|
|VME 6614||Forensic Toxicology II||3||x||x|
|VME 6602||General Toxicology||3||x||x|
|PHA 6852||Mammalian Molecular Biology||3||x||x|
|VME 6650||Mammalian Pharmacology||4||x||x|
|PHA 6840||Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs of Abuse||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Metabolic Biochemistry||3||x||x|
|PHA 6354||Natural Medicinal Products||3||x||x|
|PHA 6417||Pharmaceutical Analysis 2||3||x||x|
|PHA 6535||Principles of Nucleotide Activity||2||x||x||x|
|PHA 6471||Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry||3||x||x|
|VME 6605||Toxic Substances||3||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Forensic Entomology||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935#||Organic Structure Elucidation||3||x||x|
* Required Course
# This course is intended for students who have prior knowledge of analytical techniques.
The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.
32 credits are required to earn this MS degree.
The only passing grades for Graduate Students are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C. Please note C+ and C grades count toward degree only if an equal number of courses numbered 5000 or higher have been earned with B+, A-, or A, respectively. If a grade of C- or below is earned, the student will need to re-take the course when it is offered again to have it count toward a MS degree.
Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before being in the MS status must be earned as a B grade or higher to transfer toward the MS degree. Grades earned with a B- or less will not transfer.
We will forward the request to the Supervisory Committee for your major who will then make a decision. Also, if your official transcript is not already on file with the University Registrar, please sent it to:
University of Florida
Office of Registrar
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Please read the information regarding the master's graduation credit requirements for your last term.
The following is a recommended course order for Forensic Science:
The 1-credit special topics course will consist of three days of reviews, oral examination, and comprehensive final examination in Gainesville, Florida. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term.
In addition to tests, examinations and other assessments incorporated in the individual courses, masters students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.
Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.