Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology
DNA & Serology Overview

The University of Florida’s online Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology is comprised of five 3-credit courses and has been designed to meet the needs of today’s working professionals.

This program, which is provided by the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, is structured to provide students with a strong foundation in serology, nucleic acid chemistry, the theory of DNA analysis, blood spatter analysis and the interpretation of biological evidence.

The graduate certificate program is novel in featuring modules in biological fluid identification, blood spatter analysis, and interpretation of biological evidence. These courses may be of particular interest to law enforcement agents, military personnel, medical personnel, science teachers, college instructors and students wishing to enter the field of forensic DNA and serology.

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Who is this concentration for?

These courses, which can be taken individually or as part of this program, may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas: law enforcement agencies, military services and medical personnel.

Degree Completion

Upon completion of the 15-credit online graduate certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology. This graduate certificate program is open to appropriately qualified local, national and international students.

Course Progression

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6853 Biological Evidence and Serology 3 x x
PHA 6856 Blood Distribution and Spatter 3 x x
PHA 6851 Forensic Analysis of DNA 3 x x x
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
PHA 6852 Mammalian Molecular Biology 3 x x

Course Syllabus Catalog

The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.

Graduation Requirements

In order to earn this certificate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of C or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply to graduate in their final term.