Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Certificate in Environmental Forensics is provided through the university’s College of Pharmacy and is designed for environmental law enforcement officers who want to gain a background in the principles of contaminant analysis and transport in the environment. Candidates for this program may also include individuals who work in police jurisdictions, Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs), Coast Guards, Park Rangers, Customs and Quarantine Officers. The ultimate aim for workers with this specialized education is to determine liability for pollution.

The curriculum of the Certificate in Environmental Forensics consists of five courses, or 15 semester hours. There is a two-part Environmental Forensics Course that covers most of the basics relative to this field. Environmental Forensics I covers the main modes of contaminant transport in air, water, and land. This course also takes an in-depth look at hydrocarbon fingerprinting. Environmental Forensics II is an application-based course where the skills and knowledge honed in the first component of the course are applied to real-world case studies. Students will also take a lab-based course in which they learn the proper procedures to produce sound scientific data, using appropriate controls and standards. The final two courses span the topics of Toxicology and Toxic Substances, both of which are critical to succeeding in this field. After students successfully complete all of the certificate program’s coursework, they may possess all the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed personally and professionally within this field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have an undergraduate degree in a science subject with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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