Master’s Degree in Forensic DNA & Serology
DNA & Serology Overview

The Forensic DNA & Serology concentration is provided by UF’s College of Pharmacy. It is structured to provide students with a strong foundation in serology, blood spatter interpretation, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and the theory of DNA analysis.

Interested applicants can start with a course or two, then continue on to earn the full master’s degree later—if admitted. This master’s degree program is designed to meet the guidelines established by the FBI National Standards educational requirements for DNA Technical Leaders and Supervisors.

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Who is this concentration for?

This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas: law enforcement agencies, military services, hospitals and doctors' offices, crime laboratories, high school and college science programs.

Degree Completion

Upon completion of this program, graduates will earn a Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a concentration in Forensic DNA & Serology, 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 DNA and Serology. Your diploma will read Master of Science in Pharmacy.

Course Progression

Core-Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6853 Biological Evidence and Serology 3
PHA 6856 Blood Distribution and Spatter 3
PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis 3
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3
PHA 6851 Forensic Analysis of DNA 3

Core-Required Courses MUST be completed before your final semester.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6854 Forensic Immunology 3
PHA 6855 Forensic Genetics 3
PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity 2
PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
PHA 6852 Mammalian Molecular Biology 3
PHA 6936 Literature Survey of DNA and Serology 2
PHA 6936 Special Topics in DNA and Serology (online using Honorlock) 1

Required Courses can be taken in any order and any semester prior to the final semester. Literature Survey and Special Topics must be taken in your final semester.

Elective Course

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6935 Forensic Analysis of DNA 2 3

The courses included in this program have been designed to meet the educational requirements of the FBI National Standards.

Recommended Course Order

The following is a recommended course order for students pursuing a master’s degree in DNA & serology:

  • Biological Evidence and Serology and Blood Distribution and Spatter should be taken early and prior to the final semester.
  • Forensic Genetics and Forensic Immunology should be taken before Principles of Nucleotide Activity, Metabolic Biochemistry and Forensic Analysis of DNA, and prior to the final semester.
  • Mammalian Molecular Biology should be taken after all of the above listed courses and prior to the final semester.
  • Laboratory QA/QC and Applied Statistics for Data Analysis can be taken any time prior to the final semester.
  • Special Topics and Literature Survey must be taken in the final semester.

Course Syllabus Catalog

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