Pharmaceutical Sciences (Forensic DNA and Serology)

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The Forensic DNA & Serology concentration is provided by the College of Pharmacy. It is structured to provide the student with a strong foundation in serology, blood spatter interpretation, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and the theory of DNA analysis. You can start with a course or two, then continue on to earn the full master's degree later. The master's program is designed to meet the guidelines set out by the FBI National Standards education requirements for DNA Technical Leaders and Supervisors. This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Military services
  • Medical professions
  • Crime laboratories
  • High school and College science teachers

Upon completion of the program, your diploma will state Master of Science in Pharmacy 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.

PHA 6853 Biological Evidence and Serology

PHA 6856 Blood Distribution and Spatter

PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis

VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC

PHA 6851 Forensic Analysis of DNA

PHA 6854 Forensic Immunology

PHA 6855 Forensic Genetics

PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity

PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry

PHA 6852 Mammalian Molecular Biology

PHA 6936 Literature Survey of DNA and Serology

PHA 6936 Special Topics in DNA and Serology (on location in Gainesville)

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The prestigious University of Florida College of Pharmacy is ranked among the top colleges and schools of pharmacy in the nation. Dedicated to excellence and innovation, the College of Pharmacy is well known for delivering cutting-edge research and advanced pharmacy education. Our programs are designed for flexibility, so you can study at a distance – while earning a prestigious University of Florida pharmacy degree.

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