Pharmaceutical Sciences (Forensic Science)

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The Forensic Science concentration is provided by the College of Pharmacy. It consists of 18 credits of required courses and a further 14 credits of electives covering a wide range of forensic disciplines. Please note, of the 14 elective credits required for the degree, at least 4 credits need to be a PHA course number. Courses in forensic medicine, forensic anthropology, drug analysis, toxicology, entomology, criminalistics, environmental forensics, biological evidence, blood spatter and forensic DNA analysis are available. 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 and prosecution attorneys
  • Hospital and Clinical Chemistry Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • High school 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 Science.

PHA 6853 Biological Evidence and Serology

PHA 6850 Principles of Forensic Science

VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I

VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC

PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis

PHA 6936 Literature Survey (Forensic Science)

PHA 6936 Special Topics in Forensic Science (on location in Gainesville)

PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity

VME 6614 Forensic Toxicology II

PHA 6534 Toxicology of Chemical Weapons

PHA 6935 Advanced Criminalistics

PHA 6856 Blood Distribution and Spatter

PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity

PHA 6935 Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics

PHA 6851 Forensic Analysis of DNA

PHA 6855 Forensic Genetics

PHA 6854 Forensic Immunology

PHA 6471 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry

VME 6605 Toxic Substances

PHA 6935 Forensic Entomology

PHA 6935 Organic Structure Elucidation

PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis

VME 6602 General Toxicology

PHA 6852 Mammalian Molecular Biology

PHA 6840 Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs of Abuse

PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry

PHA 6354 Natural Medicinal Products

PHA 6935 Environmental Forensics 1

PHA 6935 Environmental Forensics 2

VME 6650 Mammalian Pharmacology

PHA 6935 Forensic Anthropology I

VME 6934 Forensic Medicine I

PHA 6935 Forensic Medicine II

A baccalaureate degree in a science subject from an accredited institution. If your bachelor's degree is not in a natural science subject, please email Professor Nancy Toffolo at upper-division GPA of 3.0 (B grade) or better. To calculate what your upper-division (also known as your last 60 credits) GPA is, please use the PDF Document Icon Upper Division GPA Worksheet. The GRE is required and the total score is taken into account with other factors such as undergraduate GPA, grades on other graduate courses and experience. To be competitive, students should have scores as shown below taking into account which version of the GRE exam you took. English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

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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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