Certificate in Environmental Forensics
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.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Students must have an undergraduate degree in a science subject with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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