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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Drug Chemistry

  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Drug Chemistry

    The University of Florida’s online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Drug Chemistry 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 analytical techniques, drug pharmacology, forensic drug chemistry, expert testimony, QA/QC procedures, and drug synthesis. This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:

    • Law enforcement agencies
    • Military services
    • Pharmaceutical industry

    Upon completion of the 15-credit graduate certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Forensic Drug Chemistry. This certificate program is open to appropriately qualified local, national, and international students. Learn about the faculty for this program.

    The program is novel in featuring modules in forensic pharmacology, drug synthesis, expert testimony, and QA/QC procedures.

    Graduate Certificate in Forensic Drug Chemistry - Course Overview

    Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
    VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I 3 x x
    VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
    PHA 6840 Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs of Abuse 3 x x
    PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 3 x x
    PHA 6471 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry 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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