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Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology

  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology

    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. 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
    • Medical personnel

    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. Learn about the faculty for this program.

    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.

    Graduate Certificate in Forensic DNA & Serology - Course Overview

    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.

    Library Access

    Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.

    Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

    1. A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at
    2. An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better.
      1. To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the Upper Division GPA Worksheet.

    Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only

    1. The English language skill requirements for admission
      TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
      Paper-based 550
      Computer-based 213
      Internet 80

    At a Glance

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