Master’s Degree in Forensic Toxicology
Forensic Toxicology Overview

The Forensic Toxicology concentration is provided by UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It focuses on general and advanced principles of toxicology, forensic toxicology, and drug metabolism providing a strong foundation in analytical techniques, pharmacokinetics, drug elimination, and toxicology. 

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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: crime laboratories, medical examiners' offices, police departments, criminal defense firms, prosecution attorneys' offices, hospital and clinical chemistry labs, pharmaceutical companies, and high school science programs.

Degree Completion

Upon completion of this program, graduates will earn a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences and a concentration in Forensic Toxicology issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. The transcripts will read Master of Science, graduation date, major Veterinary Medical Sciences, concentration Forensic Toxicology. The diploma will read Master of Science issued by the Graduate School.

Course Progression

Core-Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I 3 x x
VME 6614 Forensic Toxicology II 3 x x
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
VME 6602 General Toxicology 3 x x
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformations & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 x x
VME 6605 Toxic Substances 3 x x

Core courses must be completed before your final semester and should be completed before the required courses.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Phamacology 4 x x
PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis 3 x x x
VME 6934 Introduction to Forensic Medicine I 4 x x x
VME 6604 Literature Survey of Forensic Toxicology 2 x x x
VME 6934 Special Topics in Forensic Toxicology 1 x x x

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 Courses

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6850 Principles of Forensic Science 3 x x x
PHA 6861 Introduction to Forensic Medicine 2 4 x x

Elective courses can be taken in addition to the previous 32 credits. They can be taken before graduation or completed in your final semester. These courses are not required and can be taken in any order.

Recommended Course Order

The following is a recommended course order for students pursuing a master’s degree in forensic toxicology:

  • Forensic Toxicology I should be taken before Forensic Toxicology II.
  • General Toxicology is recommended before Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity and Toxic Substances.
  • Introduction to Introduction to Forensic Medicine 1 should be taken before Introduction to Introduction to Forensic Medicine 2.
  • Lab QA/QC and Applied Statistics for Data Analysis can be taken anytime.
  • Special Topics and Literature Survey should 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.